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Geography General Knowledge #8

Answer these random geography questions.
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First submittedMarch 24, 2013
Last updatedMarch 7, 2019
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What city was once called New Amsterdam?
New York City
Including inland seas, what's the world's largest lake?
Caspian Sea
In what city would you find the Bolshoi Theatre?
Moscow
What country's name starts with "North"?
North Korea or
North Macedonia
What became the world's newest independent country in 2011?
South Sudan
Who had his capital at Xanadu?
Kublai Khan
Near what major American city is Lake Pontchartrain located?
New Orleans
In what city would you find the world's tallest building?
Dubai
What valley is the site of the Earth's highest-ever recorded temperature, 54° Celsius?
Death Valley
On what peninsula are Albania and Serbia located?
Balkan
What is Pakistan's longest river?
Indus River
If measured from its base on the sea floor, what mountain is the world's tallest?
Mauna Kea
What west African country shares its name with a former British coin worth 21 shillings?
Guinea
What is the Rome's Flavian Amphitheatre better known as?
The Colosseum
What is the busiest airport in the London area?
Heathrow
What is the most common first name in the world?
Muhammad
What constellation is depicted on the Australian flag?
Southern Cross
On what peninsula would you find the cities of Mérida and Cancún?
Yucatán
What famous event for daredevils happens in Pamplona, Spain?
Running of the Bulls
What is the capital of Western Australia?
Perth
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level 77
Aug 12, 2013
There should be no apostrophe in "measured from it's base..." I know, picky picky. ;-)
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level ∞
Aug 12, 2013
Okay, I fixed that.
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level 49
Aug 12, 2013
Don't consider it being picky. Think of it as making the quiz look as neat as it should be. Had I noticed the error (I'm frankly quite shocked I didn't), I would've pointed it out too.
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level 76
Aug 14, 2013
Never realized that the stars on the Aussie flag were a constellation... googled an image of the flag and realized which constellation it was. I'll count that as only half cheating.
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level 71
Feb 14, 2014
Yup, a few of us antipodeans use it - Aus, NZ, PNG, Samoa and even Brazil, though not as prominently.
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level 75
Feb 23, 2016
I saw the Southern Cross in 2004 while in Hawaii in late February. It is just visible above the southern horizon - the only state where one can see both the North Star and the Southern Cross. So, I suppose that means Crux could also be on the US flag. :)
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level 43
Apr 24, 2014
Would you accept bull run for the running of the bulls?
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level 47
May 2, 2014
bull run should be accepted for running of the bulls
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level ∞
Aug 13, 2015
Okay, that will work now.
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level 69
Nov 24, 2018
Damn, I thought it was Antietam.
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level 66
May 24, 2014
So glad it accepts 'crux' for 'Southern Cross'! Good quiz
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level 69
Mar 28, 2018
I also typed 'crux', mainly just to see if it would work.
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level 43
Oct 14, 2014
I am very glad that you accept "Kane" as a correct answer to a question about Xanadu. It's a shame you don't accept "Charles Foster Kane", though.
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level 60
Nov 20, 2014
Muhammud, Mohammud, Muhamud, etc... way too many different spellings.
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level 75
Nov 11, 2018
Yep, it gets crowded when people transliterate accurately, and inclusively. Wishing you a speedy recovery from the shock.
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level 58
Nov 23, 2014
For Lake Pontchartrain I took a chance, went to Google maps and just typed in Lake Port. Fortunately it popped up Lake Pontchartrain, LA so I was able to guess the city, knowing that LA =/= Los Angeles in this context.
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level 67
Nov 23, 2014
Who was it said "In future you wont have to know anything, just where to find the answer!"...........
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level 75
Feb 23, 2016
Who said, "If you Google it before you answer, it's called cheating?" Oh, yeah, it was me who said it.
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level 59
Feb 25, 2016
^ It's a good saying.
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level 75
Nov 11, 2018
Is it cheating if you actually go to Lake Pontchartrain? I just feel like I have an unfair mnemonic :P
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level 68
Nov 24, 2018
Einstein said he didn't remember things he could look up. So I guess he would cheat on these quizzes.
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level 55
Dec 8, 2014
Could you accept San Fermin for Running of the Bulls?
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level ∞
Aug 13, 2015
Okay
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level 26
Feb 2, 2015
I believe the hottest temperature ever recorded on earth occured in Libya and it was 136oF
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level ∞
Aug 13, 2015
That record was disqualified for many good reasons.
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level 76
Feb 23, 2016
Much higher surface temperatures have been recorded from space using satellites, in remote areas of Iran and Saudi Arabia for instance, but that's not the same as recorded ambient temperature which is what is being used here.
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level ∞
Feb 24, 2016
That's interesting. Do you have a source?
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level 76
Jan 23, 2018
Mildrexler, Zhao and Running, 2011. As far as I know (very little tbh) practically all research in this area uses MODIS land skin data, which deviates significantly from air temperature as kal correctly pointed out. The latter corresponds much better with how heat is experienced, so it's the most relevant .
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level 37
Feb 23, 2016
Why was it disqualified? Was Libya still under Italian rule when they recorded it??
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level 65
Feb 24, 2016
It took a year to investigate the claim — the inquiry was hampered by the revolution in Libya, which resulted in the temporary disappearance of a Libyan scientist who was central to the work. The final report found five reasons to disqualify the Libya claim, including questionable instruments, an inexperienced observer who made the reading and the fact that the reading was anomalous for that region and in the context of other temperatures reported in Libya that day.
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level 58
Feb 23, 2016
Can you accept bullfighting for the running of the bulls? I think it fits in with the criteria, and it's all part of the same festival (San Fermin), so I think it should be accepted too.
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level 41
Feb 23, 2016
don't you think south cross should count for southern cross
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level 73
Nov 30, 2016
yeah
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level 60
Nov 24, 2018
Never heard that phrase in my life, and I live in NZ. So, no.
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level 59
Feb 25, 2016
If only I spelt Colosseum right :(
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level 43
Jan 3, 2017
I think that for the question "Which constellation is depicted on the Australian Flag" should also include the New Zealand flag because they share the same constellation on both their flags and is an important matter to address.
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level 56
Apr 4, 2017
Why? It's depicted on the Samoan and Papuan flags as well? Should they be included too?
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level 57
Mar 5, 2017
Highest temperatures on earth , this is final answer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mityushikha_Bay Try to match a 55 Megaton thermonuclear bomb, all thermometers melted down at 100 miles. You are welcome.
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level 67
Apr 4, 2017
As the question asks for "The Earth's highest RECORDED temperature".... then the temperature from the thermonuclear bomb wasn't actually recorded...... sorry.... you are welcome.
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level 53
Nov 20, 2017
Or maybe instead of suggesting a change to the quiz, he is making a simple statement.
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level 77
Oct 29, 2018
i would have thought the temperature at krakatoa or vesuvius got pretty high too. I wonder how hot it gets near somewhere like Kilauea on any given day.
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level 52
Mar 11, 2017
Given that mauna is just the Hawaiian word for mountain, could you accept just Kea as an answer? It wouldn't really be any different than accepting Everest for Mount Everest.
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level 52
May 16, 2017
Surprised that Mauna Kea is so low.
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level 75
Nov 25, 2018
Especially since it is so high. :)
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level 79
Oct 30, 2017
Nice quiz. Thank you.
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level 73
Jan 21, 2018
When you ask "What valley ...", just Death should be enough.
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level 70
Jan 21, 2018
^ This
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level ∞
Jan 22, 2018
Death will work now
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level 76
Nov 24, 2018
death is always the best answer
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level 75
Jan 22, 2018
You can lose the "the" in "What is the Rome's Flavian Amphitheatre better known as?"
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level 71
Jan 23, 2018
I spent a good 60 seconds interpreting "Pontchartrain" as "Champlain" in my head and wondering why the heck Montreal was not accepted...
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level 38
Feb 12, 2018
The former name of New York is spelled NIEUW Amsterdam. And, a more accurate term for the event in Pamplona would be "running from the bulls!"
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level 76
Nov 24, 2018
not in English it's not.
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level 79
Apr 3, 2018
Why can I never remember "Balkan"? I think of Baltic right away, know that it's not correct for that region, but simply cannot think of the right answer. Someday...
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level 35
Jun 8, 2018
don't you think south cross should count for southern cross
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level 53
Nov 24, 2018
Khan for Kublai Khan?
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level 55
Nov 24, 2018
But would you mean Genghis, Kublai, or Khan Noonien Singh?
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level 60
Jan 31, 2019
Isn't Khan a title like king or emperor?
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level ∞
Mar 7, 2019
Yes
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level 61
Mar 7, 2019
What country's name starts with "North"? That could now be North Macedonia.
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level ∞
Mar 7, 2019
Okay