"Second Best" Geography Edition

Can you name the things that place #2 in these geographical categories?
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Last updated: February 19, 2020
First submittedFebruary 2, 2020
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Category
First
Second
Largest continent by area (seven continent model)
Asia
Africa
Largest U.S. state by area
Alaska
Texas
Most populous country
China
India
Largest ocean
Pacific
Atlantic
Largest freshwater lake by surface area
Lake Superior
Lake Victoria
Highest mountain
Mount Everest
K2
Most populous city in Spain
Madrid
Barcelona
Country with the largest territory in Europe
Russia
Ukraine
Largest country in Africa by area
Algeria
D. R. Congo
Largest country in North America by area
Canada
United States
Largest country in South America by area
Brazil
Argentina
Oldest European university in continuous operation
University of Bologna
Oxford University
Largest island by area
Greenland
New Guinea
Most densely-populated country
Monaco
Singapore
Smallest country by area
Vatican City
Monaco
Most populous river basin
Ganges / Brahmaputra
Yangtze
Country that gets the most international tourists
France
Spain
City with the most skyscrapers over 150 meters
Hong Kong
New York City
Language with the most native speakers
Mandarin
Spanish
Country in the Western Hemisphere with the
highest % of people in extreme poverty
Venezuela
Haiti
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Level 69
Feb 19, 2020
I got everything but the second biggest island. I must say I'm surprised. I thought it's Madagascar.
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Level 70
Feb 20, 2020
Madagascar's fourth.
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Level 31
Feb 21, 2020
I thought it was Borneo
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Level 62
Mar 12, 2020
1: Greenland. 2: New Guinea. 3: Borneo. 4: Madagascar
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Level 24
Mar 12, 2020
What about Australia
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Level 55
Mar 12, 2020
What about Cyprus
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Level 47
Mar 12, 2020
Cyprus? What about Nauru?
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Level 56
Apr 2, 2020
Forget Nauru. What about Sealand?
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Level 47
Apr 9, 2020
What about Ryan Island(an Island in Siskiwit Lake, which is on Isle Royale, which is In lake Superior, which is in North America)
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Level 62
Jul 21, 2020
My bet was on Baffin island, but apparently it's 5th
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Level 69
Feb 19, 2020
Could do with an extra 30 seconds
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Level 67
Feb 19, 2020
Not enough time, I didnt even get around to reading the last couple of questions. Only enough time if all your first guesses are correct without having to think about them and without a single spelling mistake.
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Level 73
Feb 19, 2020
I thought the time was alright. I had about a minute left.
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Level 68
Feb 20, 2020
please add a caveheat saying Australia is not considered as an island...
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Level 77
Feb 20, 2020
People like to debate this but 1) there are very few encyclopaedias, geography textbooks etc that count it as an island, 2) you are GIVEN Greenland as #1
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Level 52
Feb 20, 2020
it is an island though - look at a map its completely surrounded by water! by definition its an island - it just is!
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Level 45
Feb 20, 2020
@ureds why isn't Eurasia #1 - look at a map its completely surrounded by water! by definition its an island - it just is!
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Level 33
Mar 12, 2020
Can anybody explain this? What are the criteria this? - it is fully surrounded with water. - unlike Eurasia, it is part of a continent. - actually unlike New Guinea, it's part of one country (and not even the entire country due to Tasmania)
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Level 45
Mar 12, 2020
Due to Australia's largely accepted status as a continent, it generally is considered to be too large to be an island like the Americas and Eurasia. It's an island, but it's not an island, if you catch my drift.
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Level 48
Mar 12, 2020
Well the difference is Eurasia as well as the Americas are filled with numerous countries while Australia is just one country. I totally agree that is an island by definition, I don't understand how anyone can argue against that. Saying it is "too big to be an island" is pure BS to be honest. There is no set size that determines what is and isn't an island.
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Level 60
Mar 13, 2020
@Quasicrystal So what is the limit at which an island becomes a continent?
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Level 47
Apr 9, 2020
@Quasicrystal your... continental drift? bah-dum chhhh
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Level 67
Mar 12, 2020
'caveheat' 😁
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Level 83
Feb 20, 2020
With a 3 minute clock, I had 30 seconds left with one misspelling, five incorrect initial guesses and one question that I needed more than 2 guesses and I am the epitome of the average typist. 3 seems fair to me. BTW really liked the quiz. Hard to believe that Haiti isn't the worst in some economic statistic in the Western Hemisphere considering the disparity between it and the other country 25-30 years ago.
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Level 30
Feb 21, 2020
that's fine, happened with me also. Can you please check my quiz, i will check yours.
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Level 71
Feb 21, 2020
Minor detail: it's the 'University of Oxford', not 'Oxford University'.
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Level 63
Feb 21, 2020
How is Australia not an island!!!
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Level 77
Feb 21, 2020
In the same way that Eurasia is not an island.
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Level 57
Mar 12, 2020
eurasia is connected to africa....so if there was some word for the three of them, then it would be an island
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Level 45
Mar 12, 2020
There is, it's Afro-Eurasia. It is an island technically, but since it's a continental landmass it isn't officially an island. Besides, Suez Canal!
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Level 55
Feb 21, 2020
Surprised only 13.7% of people got 100%
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Level 47
Apr 9, 2020
now it's down to 7.9%!
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Level 54
Feb 21, 2020
Would’ve gotten 100 but for once needed more time
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Level 73
Mar 3, 2020
9 seconds to spare. Just enough time, but wouldn't have hurt to have bit more.
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Level 67
Mar 12, 2020
I would recommend increasing the time by 30 seconds.
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Level 53
Mar 12, 2020
I made with with 1 minute left, good quiz!
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Level 59
Mar 12, 2020
spent 30 seconds typing west african countries for the last question :)
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Level 22
Mar 12, 2020
I'm so angry at myself, I typed only "papua new guinea" and gave up
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Level 67
Mar 12, 2020
Generally seemed pretty easy. I think I would've had a harder time guessing some of the #1's actually. I would never have guessed University of Bologna, and I would've probably guessed Venezuela after Haiti, El Salvador, and a few other Central American countries.
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Level 72
Mar 12, 2020
caspian sea? #1 lake?
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Level 45
Mar 12, 2020
The Caspian is not freshwater. The question specifies salinity. Thanks!
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Level 89
Mar 12, 2020
I used to argue with teachers that Australia was in island, because of it being completely surrounded by water, as was North+South America an island, and also Africa+Eurasia...but I was wrong to do that. I am now aware that the surface of the earth is 1 single land mass and none of it is *surrounded* by water... part of it is *covered* in water and part of it is not.
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Level 71
Mar 13, 2020
Also try #2!
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Level 71
May 19, 2020
We should have asked, but do you mind that we made #2? Do you want us to avoid making others in the series?
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Level 45
May 19, 2020
I don't mind at all!
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Level 71
May 20, 2020
Okay thanks
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Level 39
Mar 20, 2020
Put New York instead of New York City... come on... :(
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Level ∞
Mar 20, 2020
You must have spelled it wrong because New York is definitely accepted.