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South American Physical Geography

Guess these answers that pertain to the physical geography of South America.
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Last updated: December 5, 2019
First submittedJanuary 19, 2015
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Hint
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Longest mountain range
Andes
Longest rivers
Amazon
Paraná
Highest waterfall
Angel Falls
Biggest waterfall by flow rate
Iguazú Falls
Driest desert
Atacama
Highest mountain
Aconcagua
Archipelago 560 miles west
of Ecuador
Galápagos
Archipelago 300 miles east of
southern Argentina
Falkland Islands
Rio de Janeiro peak
that resembles a gumdrop
Sugarloaf
Hint
Answer
Archipelago at the southern tip
of the continent
Tierra del Fuego
Southernmost point of the above
Cape Horn
Strait connecting the Atlantic and Pacific
Strait of Magellan
Sea north of Venezuela and Colombia
Caribbean Sea
Major beaches of Rio de Janeiro
Copacabana
Ipanema
Fertile grassland area of Uruguay,
Argentina, and southern Brazil
The Pampas
Region comprised of southern
Argentina and Chile
Patagonia
Term for a mesa of Venezuela
Tepui
Large lagoon of Venezuela
Lake Maracaibo
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level 72
Jan 21, 2015
This physical geography series is great, thanks! One toughie in each of them (I blame the Venezuelan mesa here) has been enough to keep me off 100% :( One small detail here - the Galapagos clue might better read ".. west of mainland Ecuador", because the islands are part of Ecuador as well.
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level 80
Apr 12, 2015
You should accept Iguassu, the Spanish word for Iguazu (Brazilian Portuguese).
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level 32
Jun 22, 2015
Iguazu is the Spanish word? Because Iguaçu is the Brazilian Portuguese word, and how I know it - it should be accepted
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level 37
Jun 22, 2015
Iguazu Falls, Iguazú Falls, Iguassu Falls, or Iguacu Falls should all be accepted imo.
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level 49
Mar 18, 2016
Also Yguazu, the original Guaraní name.
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level 59
Jun 22, 2015
Could you accept Pampa for The Pampas?
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level 37
Jun 22, 2015
Drake Strait also fits the description for the Strait of Magellan. Can you accept it too please or make the question more specific?
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level 62
Sep 26, 2017
I'm not sure how big/wide a strait can be but I think it's rather a passage than a strait.
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level 70
Jun 22, 2015
Nice bit of diplomacy recognizing the Falklands as such (rightfully so), but accepting "Malvinas" as an entry.
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level 44
Jun 22, 2015
This quiz is too America-centric ;)
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level 48
Feb 20, 2016
Ugh, those self-centered Americans!
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level 59
Jul 24, 2015
Accepting the Spanish/Argentine name Iguazú but not the Portuguese/Brazilian name Iguaçu is biased, in my opinion at least. The waterfall is on the Argentine-Brazilian border so both names should be accepted.
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level 59
Dec 27, 2015
I like that Malvinas is an acceptable answer!
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level 69
Aug 3, 2016
Not out of any political beliefs, but mainly due to having spent an extended period of time in Argentina I always go to write Malvinas first, so yes good to see it accepted.
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level 68
Jul 30, 2018
beccimoo, your comment sets me wondering why, and how many different languages should be acceptable for each answer. If you think that any country (or rather, linguistic group) that has ever held a territory should supply an acceptable answer, that could pose a problem for many jetpunk quiz-setters. For example, in this case, the quiz master should also accept "Maloïnes" (I think that's the correct spelling) since the French were there first.
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level 72
Feb 25, 2017
I stunk like feet on this one. Only got 11. :-(
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level 53
Jun 28, 2017
Sad that "Pão de Açúcar" wasn't accepted... Never even taught putting the translated name...
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level 73
Jul 11, 2018
Yeah, I tried Pao de Acucar first, too...it deffo should be accepted.