Geography General Knowledge #12

Can you answer these random geography questions?
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What country is the world's top oil exporter?
Saudi Arabia
What is the most populous urban area in Africa?
Cairo or Lagos
What is either a bay in the Indian ocean or a subspecies of tiger?
Bengal
What is the only country whose name starts with the letter Q?
Qatar
What group of Caribbean islands includes St. Croix, St. Thomas, and Tortola?
Virgin Islands
In what city would you find the district of Pudong, home to the world's second tallest building?
Shanghai
What part of France is located on the continent of South America?
French Guiana
What river forms much of the border between France and Germany?
Rhine
What is Canada's largest, newest, and least populated territory?
Nunavut
What de-facto independent country does China claim ownership of?
Taiwan
What is the second most populous urban area in Japan?
Osaka
In the Gulf War, what gulf was being referred to?
Persian Gulf
What group of islands are controlled by the United Kingdom but claimed by Argentina?
Falkland Islands
What peninsula is split in half by a "demilitarized zone"?
Korea
What national capital city is less than 100 kilometers from Tallinn?
Helsinki
What group of people in the United States speak a dialect called "Pennsylvania German"?
Amish
What city in Florida has a name that starts and ends with "O"?
Orlando
The island of Majorca has a name that means "larger island". Which island
is the "smaller island"?
Minorca
What Chinese dialect is most commonly spoken in Hong Kong?
Cantonese
In what city would one have once encountered "Checkpoint Charlie" while trying
to travel from East to West?
Berlin
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Level 80
Aug 15, 2015
I really wonder why "French Guiana" is spelt with an "i" in English, since its French name is "Guyane"...
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Level 72
May 17, 2016
I did not know that, but now you've said it, I wonder also.
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Level 37
Aug 14, 2019
^ Maybe to avoid confusion with the country Guyana? (Formerly known as British Guiana).
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Level 77
Aug 20, 2015
I may be way wrong here but could Tibet fit the China clue?
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Level 65
Sep 30, 2015
I don't think so. It's that "de facto" qualification, meaning that Taiwan is in charge of itself. Tibet is (de facto and de jure) tightly held by the People's Republic.
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Level 46
May 17, 2016
Tibet is de facto controlled by China. It is not at all clear that China has any legal right to the territory.
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Level ∞
Aug 25, 2020
No country has any legal right to its territory except the most ancient of rights - the right of conquest. For example, much of the land in the United States was taken illegally from Native Americans. But before we shed too many tears, keep in mind they had no legal right to the land either. They killed and conquered the people who were there even earlier. It's all warfare and bloodshed, back to the earliest days of humanity. Heck, even chimpanzees fight wars for territory.
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Level 73
Aug 30, 2020
China and Tibet; USA and Hawaii
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Level 72
Feb 3, 2016
Tibet has in no way enjoyed any real independence since 1959 :-(
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Level 70
May 17, 2016
Tibet is Chinese just as the Crimea is Russian............ 'fait accompli'
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Level 82
Aug 25, 2020
Not true... Tibetan is a distinct ethnicity, language, culture, sect of religion. Crimea is none of those things.
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Level 68
May 20, 2016
Taiwan has its own government, military, and passport whereas Tibet does not. A Tibetan holds a Chinese passport.
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Level 56
May 17, 2016
The only one I didn't get was the amish I feel so disappointed
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Level 66
May 21, 2016
Don't worry...they're not online, so they'll never know. It'll be our secret.
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Level 70
May 17, 2016
Between Tallin and Helsinki, a distance of 80 kms, there are proposals to build an underwater tunnel, similar to the English Channel Tunnel but much longer of course.
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Level 80
May 18, 2016
That would be cool if they could finish it by August, because I'm planning to go from one to the other. But I think I'll have to take a ferry.
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Level 44
May 17, 2016
Could you please accept American Virgin Islands for Virgin Islands?
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Level 78
May 17, 2016
Tortola is part of the British Virgin Islands.
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Level 44
May 17, 2016
Oh ... i didn't know that. I just tried American Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands and neither of them worked :D
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Level 69
May 7, 2017
Same happened to me. Then I switched to guessing other Caribbean islands, to no avail.
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Level 72
Jan 16, 2018
I tried that too. They're also all part of the Leeward Islands so the question's not very well framed as it stands/
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Level 82
May 17, 2016
All of the Caribbean islands mentioned are also part of the Lesser Antilles (which was my first guess), and could also be referred to as the Caribbees or the West Indies. I think the clue needs to be more specific, or these answers should be accepted.
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Level 37
Feb 12, 2018
No, it doesn't. First of all the area is named the Caribbean. Then, while St. Thomas is part of the USVI, Tortola is not; therefore, the only correct response is Virgin Islands.
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Level 45
Aug 26, 2020
Well Lesser Antilles would work, and so would Leeward Islands.
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Level 63
May 17, 2016
Saudi Arabia is not #1 for oil producing, surprisingly!
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Level 80
May 18, 2016
It has been at various points in the past. Russia only produces slightly more; but exports far less as they consume much greater quantities than the Saudis do. The USA is on track to become the world's top oil producer again in a few years... but that will just mean depleting the country's reserves that much faster which is probably a mistake. Saudi also was until recently #1 in proven oil reserves, having recently been surpassed by Venezuela.
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Level ∞
May 18, 2016
The U.S. was by far the largest producer for 2014:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_oil_production

I am guessing it fell quite a bit in 2015 since the cost of oil extraction is much higher in the U.S. and oil prices fell dramatically.

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Level 68
May 20, 2016
I tried Russia and US until I saw the picture of the King.
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Level 69
May 7, 2017
That picture should be changed now probably, since the king changed.
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Level 69
May 7, 2017
Although I don't know if many people would recognize the new king, Salman. That said, you probably only need to see the attire to recognize it's the Saudi king.
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Level 37
Sep 10, 2018
The quiz asked for top "exporter", not top producer.
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Level 45
Jan 5, 2017
can we plz have a number 13??
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Level 37
Feb 12, 2018
It's called "Pennsylvania Dutch" not "Pennsylvania German".
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Level 65
Apr 9, 2018
The language is 'Pennsylvania German', which is spoken by 'Pennsylvania Dutch'.
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Level 26
May 19, 2018
Both are colloquially called Pennsylvania Dutch, and only called Pennsylvania German by people who think they need to call it (or them) German to avoid confusion with actual Dutch or Dutch speakers. I grew up around PA Dutch speaking people -- no one ever called the language Pennsylvania German.
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Level 73
Feb 17, 2019
maybe there's some confusion because the german word for german is 'deutsch', which could easily be pronounced as dutch by non native speakers
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Level 62
Oct 23, 2018
Is it okay if I make number 13? I have already begun making it, but I will not submit without permission.
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Level ∞
Oct 24, 2018
Feel free! But I can't promise I won't make my own #13 at some point.
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Level 45
Jan 9, 2019
Could you accept Rhein for Rhine? Like its a river in Germany.
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Level 47
Feb 16, 2019
And 'rhone' the French version please?
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Level 72
Feb 16, 2019
The Rhone is a different river.
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Level 66
Feb 16, 2019
'le Rhin' is the French name.
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Level 65
Feb 16, 2019
Pennsylvania German isn't a dialect. The Amish aren't the only Pennsylvania Dutch group who speak it
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Level 66
Feb 16, 2019
Why is the incorrect spelling 'Rein' accepted for Rhine, but the German spelling 'Rhein' not accepted?
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Level 80
Feb 16, 2019
Other rivers that form part of the border between France and Germany include the Blies, Saar, Rossel, Bist, and Nied.
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Level 78
Feb 16, 2019
I feel I must stand my ground on the Canadian question. I'm having Nunavut.
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Level 25
Feb 18, 2019
Can ou please accept Rhein for Rhine? It's the german spelling
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Level 56
Mar 20, 2019
Either a subspecies of tiger or a bay of the Indian Ocean ? Bengal is also a geographical region. Bengal
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Level 66
Feb 13, 2020
Seems dubious to me to call Cantonese a 'dialect' of Chinese. Surely this is like calling English a dialect of European. Or Indo-European if you prefer.
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Level ∞
Aug 25, 2020
That doesn't really compare. Can an English speaker read a newspaper printed in Hindi?
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Level 65
Sep 6, 2020
Can Mandarin speaker read written Cantonese?
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Level 73
Aug 25, 2020
Apparently, there's also Texas German. I've been told it's like the three to four generations ago German in Germany.
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Level 70
Aug 28, 2020
I can't believe Nunavut has fewer people than Prince Edward Island. That's some insanely low population density.
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Level 72
Sep 2, 2020
Cantonese cannot be considered in any sense to be a "dialect" of Chinese. Chinese is technically a language branch, but people almost only use it in the context of Mandarin. Even if it was in that context, Cantonese is still not a dialect of the branch - it is its own language.