Geography General Knowledge #2

Can you answer these random geography questions?
Includes questions from both physical geography and human geography
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Last updated: October 24, 2020
First submittedMarch 24, 2013
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What city is famous for its gondolas?
Venice
What is the tallest mountain in the United States?
Denali
What is the largest Russian city on the Pacific Ocean?
Vladivostok
What is the world's biggest river, by volume of water discharged?
Amazon
What island's northern part is known as Ulster?
Ireland
What is the national airline of Australia?
Qantas
What country is nearest to the French territory of St. Pierre and Miquelon?
Canada
By land area, what is the largest country in Africa?
Algeria
What national capital can be translated as "Red Hero"?
Ulaanbaatar
What building is commonly used for royal British weddings, coronations, and burials?
Westminster Abbey
What country's national bird is the kiwi?
New Zealand
What salty inland sea has an elevation of negative 430.5 meters?
Dead Sea
What is Canada's largest island?
Baffin Island
What crown dependency is situated about halfway between Ireland and Great Britain?
Isle of Man
What is the smallest country by area and population?
Vatican City
What city did Brigham Young found in 1847?
Salt Lake City
What Spanish autonomous region is Barcelona the capital of?
Catalonia
What country is completely surrounded by South Africa?
Lesotho
What is the name of the string of islands off the southern tip of Florida?
Florida Keys
What city is known in its native language as Wien?
Vienna
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Level 50
May 20, 2013
I didn't know what Ulaanbataar means...
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Level 79
Jul 21, 2018
I figured there was irony in the clue so I just started typing communist countries and former communist countries or satellites. Eventually got it.
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Level 57
Jul 21, 2018
I was thinking Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan because of Manas. I got Ulaanbataar though.
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Level 67
Nov 27, 2019
What sort of 'irony'?
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Level 71
May 22, 2013
Tried at least 50 variations of spelling on ulaanbaatar.
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Level 36
Dec 12, 2014
Ulanbatar

Ulaanbatar

Ulaanbataar

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Level 59
Oct 20, 2015
You have to be a genius to figure out 50 variations to spell any word or name.
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Level 54
Jul 21, 2018
"It takes a darned poor mind to think of only one way to spell a word." Andrew Jackson
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Level 67
Mar 12, 2019
@Cooldrive But 50...?
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Level 55
Apr 22, 2020
Especially considering that you can't include Ulaanbaatar (assuming wolf would've stopped trying if they got it!)
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Level 61
May 22, 2013
75%. Check out my general knowledge quiz. Thanks
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Level 40
Dec 12, 2014
Swaziland isn't entirely surronded by South Africa. It borders Mozambique to the north-east.
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Level 67
Apr 23, 2020
Who said Swaziland is surrounded by South Africa? (and you spelt 'surrounded' wrong by the way)
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Level 50
Sep 29, 2020
Eswatini wasn't the answer to that question?
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Level 31
Dec 19, 2014
apparently I need to do some research of country's national airlines.......
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Level 52
Oct 20, 2015
I must have tried 10 different spellings for Vladivostok
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Level 65
Sep 17, 2016
Same! Vladivostock?
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Level 67
Oct 20, 2015
wow, no mercy on the spelling of vladivostok. wasted a bunch of time on that.
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Level 68
Jul 21, 2018
I spelled Vladivostok correctly, but it wouldn't accept it!
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Level 60
Oct 20, 2015
Wow only 56% know tallest mountain in the United States? Considering vast majority here are from USA, thats surprising
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Level 65
Jan 9, 2017
Maybe they couldn't spell it.I tried McKinlay, McKinly, MacKinlay... Finally got it in the end.
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Level 76
Jul 21, 2018
Maybe they don't consider non-contiguous states "proper USA" ;-)?
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Level 70
Jul 21, 2018
Although I doubt most people would know Mt. Whitney.
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Level 54
Jul 21, 2018
I don't do that well on these quizzes, but I've always known that one. When Alaska became a state, much talk was made that Texas was no longer the largest state in the US.

Well, we in California lost the tallest (highest?) mountain. Mt. Whitney lost its glory.

And if you can spell the presidents' names, McKinley isn't hard.

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Level 31
Oct 20, 2015
Yay only 2 wrong.

Salt lake city and Key west I got wrong cos I don't know who Brigham Young is, I am not American, and I don't know what the key west Islands are made up of

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Level 79
Jul 21, 2018
Brigham Young was one of the founders of the Mormon religion, and his group settled in the valley near the Great Salt Lake, in what is now the state of Utah.
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Level 54
Jul 21, 2018
Just come here and you can be an American. Unless you're white.
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Level 55
Apr 22, 2020
I read the clue about the salty lake (Dead Sea) and typed in 'Salt Lake' just coz, and amazingly got gifted that one. Never ever would've got it if I'd read the Dead Sea clue correctly first time!
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Level 33
Oct 20, 2015
all right-second go though

first time=14

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Level 70
Oct 20, 2015
Mount McKinley has been officially renamed (or un-renamed, if you like) Denali.
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Level 45
Oct 22, 2015
Australia had the opportunity to name their national airline "Australiair" and didn't take it. What a shame.
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Level 73
Oct 24, 2015
The question should of course be: What city is also known as Vienna?
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Level 64
Feb 2, 2016
Wasn't Sudan the biggest country in Africa. I know about the split between them and South Sudan, but I didn't know that it was Algeria.
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Level 44
Jul 21, 2018
Sudan was the biggest before South Sudan broke off.
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Level 43
Feb 2, 2016
there is a gondola in banff alberta as well. consider revising question so it is less ambiguous
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Level 69
Apr 8, 2018
everyone knows what its talking about
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Level 65
Jul 21, 2018
Sure, but some people aren't happy unless they are complaining.
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Level 67
Apr 23, 2020
That isn't the type of gondola this quiz is referring to, matey.
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Level 53
Jul 28, 2020
I was also thinking of gondola lifts. I have been on a couple. The one in Banff and at Disneyland. I also rode on one in Shimoda Japan.
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Level 59
Apr 14, 2016
Isle of Wight man
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Level 62
Apr 23, 2018
that is in the Channel not the Irish sea.
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Level 76
Jul 21, 2018
If you sailed from Southampton, GB to Ireland, Wight would be definitely be between :-)
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Level 54
Jul 21, 2018
Every Summer we can rent a cottage there.
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Level 54
Oct 26, 2016
Right now, denali is just a type in for Mt. Mckinley but Denali is the official name. Plz change it.
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Level 53
Nov 20, 2016
very very pedantic but you should change it to denali, as mt mckinley really isnt technically correct anymore
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Level 77
Nov 30, 2016
It's not pedantic, Denali is the only current official name, there's much less dilemma here than with Mumbai, Kolkata or St Petersburg
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Level 54
Jul 21, 2018
It's McKinley.
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Level 44
Sep 26, 2017
There are gondolas all over the world- except not the rowing boat ones that are used in Venice, but gondola lifts. Please make the question less ambiguous.
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Level 58
Nov 15, 2017
Can't you see the photo?
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Level 76
Jul 21, 2018
Still, a couple of words, like "most commonly" would make it less ambiguous for the pedants (yea, even that is slightly subjective)
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Level 65
Jul 21, 2018
Shoosh Sam.
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Level 54
Jul 21, 2018
Aren't ski lift compartments sometimes called gondolas?
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Level 65
Jul 22, 2018
Those are what Sam was referring to.
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Level 54
Oct 10, 2017
Please accept 'Conch Republic' for the Florida Keys question?
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Level 70
Jan 18, 2018
Like mixed questions? try Mal's General Knowledge 31 ......here it is
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Level 69
Apr 8, 2018
Could you accept just "Dead" for Dead Sea?
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Level 73
Jul 23, 2018
I'm wondering what you'll do with all those extra seconds in your day...
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Level 54
Apr 30, 2018
I guess me being a Hawaii resident, it's second nature to put Mauna Kea as the tallest mountain in USA. Mauna Kea is the "tallest" mountain on earth, but definitely not the "highest" peak of USA by any means. There is a technical difference between the two terms. Denali is the "highest" peak for all of USA, and "tallest" for continental USA.
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Level 79
Jul 21, 2018
Yep, all depends on whether you measure from above ground or the ocean floor.
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Level 74
Oct 3, 2019
Yes, I was going to say this. How 'tall' a mountain is is measured from its base to its peak, while its 'height' is measured from sea level to its peak.
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Level 57
Jul 21, 2018
Birmingham sounds more related to Brigham Young than Salt lake city
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Level 79
Jul 21, 2018
Birmingham comes from an Old English word, no connection to Brigham Young whose settlement was named because the valley is adjacent to the Great Salt Lake. No Birmingham there, but there is a Brigham City in Utah. I know because I once stopped at a roadside stand in Salt Lake City to buy some cherries. I asked the woman if they were grown locally and she seemingly shot fire from her eyes at me as she pointed to a sign and shouted, "These are Brigham City bings!!!" Apparently that is a renowned fruit-growing region in Utah and I was a low-life for not realizing the significance of the Brigham City signs plastered all over the stand. Have to admit though, they were really good cherries, and it has now become a family joke. Every time I buy dark cherries (which I love) someone in the family invariably asks me if they are Brigham City bings.
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Level 54
Jul 21, 2018
Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK. I don't recall Brigham Young ever visiting.
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Level 54
Jul 21, 2018
Me bloody mum was born in Brimnghm.
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Level 69
Jul 21, 2018
I wonder if there's ever gonna be a general geography quiz without Denali. I mean really, it is getting tiresome.
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Level 54
Jul 22, 2018
You deny Denali?
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Level 69
Aug 4, 2018
This quiz is a bit too salt lake-centric.
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Level 67
Mar 12, 2019
Please accept Dead for Dead Sea! I typed it but it wasn't accepted!
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Level 62
Apr 28, 2019
How do you put a link into a caveat? I am making a quiz series and I want to know how to put a link into the second quiz going to the first quiz.
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Level 68
Nov 29, 2019
I found gondolas in Las Vegas ;)
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Level 65
Aug 26, 2020
When you begin writing "Westminster," it automatically detects "West" as a type-in for "Key West," so you're basically getting a free answer. I think you might want to change that!
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Level 55
Oct 12, 2020
...and you are deprived the pleasure of showing-off you actually knew about Key West!
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Level ∞
Oct 24, 2020
Fixed.
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Level 46
Oct 24, 2020
I second the complaint about typing "Westminster" automatically giving you "Key West." That shouldn't happen on a 20-question quiz like this.
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Level ∞
Oct 24, 2020
Changed the Florida Keys question, thank you.