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North American Physical Geography

Based on the clues, name these North American locations.
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Last updated: April 23, 2016
First submittedOctober 7, 2012
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Mountain range stretching from Alabama to Newfoundland
Appalachian Mountains
Mountain range stretching from New Mexico to British Columbia
Rocky Mountains
Highest peak in contiguous United States
Mount Whitney
Range in which above peak is located
Sierra Nevada
Highest peak in North America
Denali
Trio of mountain ranges that extend along the eastern, southern,
and western coasts of Mexico
Sierra Madre
Set of five large, freshwater lakes between the US and Canada
Great Lakes
River which drains the above lakes
St. Lawrence River
Largest freshwater lake in North America (and, by surface area, in the world)
Lake Superior
Largest saltwater lake in North America
Great Salt Lake
Lowest, driest, and hottest location in North America
Death Valley
Large, arid drainage area of western US that does not open to the sea, includes
most of Utah and almost all of Nevada
Great Basin
By some measures, the longest river in North America
Missouri River
Long river that flows from Minnesota to Louisiana
Mississippi River
Strait separating North American from Asia
Bering Strait
Broad expanse of mostly fertile prairie in central US and Canada
Great Plains
Narrow strip of land that connected North America to South America until 1914
Isthmus of Panama
Swampy region of the above with no roads going through it
Darién Gap
Huge stretch of very old igneous rock covered with a thin layer of soil
that covers over half of Canada
Canadian Shield
Largest island in North America (excluding Greenland)
Baffin Island
Peninsula that includes part of southeastern Mexico and parts of Belize and Guatemala
Yucatan Peninsula
Large bay that cuts deeply into eastern Canada
Hudson Bay
Longest river in Canada
Mackenzie River
Large sea east of Central America
Caribbean Sea
Largest island in this sea
Cuba
Long, narrow peninsula south of the state of California
Baja California
Region of swampy wetlands in southern Florida
Everglades
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level 69
May 10, 2013
Quite pleased that I got 17 right (being a Brit!)
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level 70
May 10, 2013
"Appalaches" should be accepted
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level 77
May 10, 2013
Why? This quiz isn't in French...
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level 43
Jan 15, 2015
Quebec. Some may hear it by that name more than in English
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level 59
May 11, 2013
Excellent quiz, thanks. Also, highest peak in Canada - Mt. Logan in the St. Elias range.
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level 23
Dec 17, 2013
Very easy for a native North American.. Got 100% either way....
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level 71
Apr 17, 2014
I was very plesantly surprised that you accepted "bouclier canadien"! I knew it was the answer but not what the English translation was, so I typed it in French mostly out of frustration and for lack of anything else to do.... and then pop! "Canadian shield" appeared. So thank you very much! And this way I know I'll remember in English for the next time ;).
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level 63
Apr 19, 2014
You're very welcome!
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level 76
Aug 13, 2014
The Canadian Shield just wafted out of the air and landed on my fingers while I was typing. Had no earthly idea that I even knew that answer.
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level 62
Mar 18, 2015
Doesn't Panama still connect North America to South America? Sure, you have to cross the canal and brave many miles of dangerous, untamed jungle as you approach Colombia but it still connects the two!
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level 61
Mar 24, 2015
14 being Argentinian.
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level 82
Apr 28, 2016
Gotta admire the ingenuity that comes up with these names. Great This, Great That. what should we call this big thing? Ooh, I know, Great Something Else!
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level 58
Jul 14, 2016
I know. It makes me laugh!
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level 77
Jul 14, 2016
there's a lot of great stuff in North America.
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level 69
Jul 14, 2016
Surely we should consider renaming the Mississippi the Great River at some point. And surely Denali can be renamed again to Great Mountain.
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level 77
Jul 15, 2016
great idea!
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level 67
Apr 12, 2017
Well, for what it's worth, Canadians don't refer to their portion of the "Great Plains" as such - it's just known as the plain old "Prairies."
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level 59
Jul 14, 2016
Typo: "Strait separating North American from Asia" Cut the N off America!
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level 52
Aug 21, 2016
Yeah that is an issue
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level 67
Apr 12, 2017
This comment by 'Sulps' wins my 'Gold Nitpick' award for July 2016.
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level 67
Jul 14, 2016
I suppose accepting "Salt Lake" without the "Great" is asking too much...
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level 58
Jul 14, 2016
Nah, it wouldn't match the theme of all the other super original names. It's not just ANY salt lake--it's the GREAT salt lake. I mean, according to us.
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level 71
Apr 5, 2017
Yeah, thought that was a bit lame. I mean, how many "Salt Lakes" are there in North America?
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level 52
Aug 21, 2016
Please DO NOT accept "Mt Mckinley," "Mount Mckinley," or "Mckinley" for Denali. As of last year the mountain's official name is Denali, and Mount Mckinley is incorrect. It would be like accepting "New Amsterdam" for "New York."
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level 37
Oct 5, 2016
No, it's not.
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level 67
Apr 12, 2017
353 years ago New Amsterdam was changed to New York, I think the name 'New York' is fairly well established now. Whereas the change from Mt. McKinley to Denali was made official in Aug 2015. I think it may take a little while for everyone to get used to the change. (BTW: Obama only made the switch late in his stint as President when he was no longer in fear of losing the Presidency by alienating the powerful Ohio vote, the birthplace of President William McKinley, for whom it was christened in 1896.)
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level 66
Sep 7, 2017
Malbaby is correct. No matter how many times they change the official name of the Boston Garden (home of the Bruins and the Celtics), for example, it will always be known as the Garden by Bostonians. Denali may be "correct," but it does not follow that McKinley is incorrect.
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level 54
Dec 1, 2017
Please accept Badwater Basin for the lowest point.
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level 48
Jan 11, 2018
how is darién gap the least known? i thought more people knew about that
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level 79
Jun 6, 2018
I learned about it for the first time a couple weeks ago on another Jetpunk quiz. Couldn't remember the name this time around. Not surprised to see it as the least commonly guessed answer.
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level 49
Apr 4, 2018
Easy 27/27. Then again, I'm American.
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level 28
Jul 6, 2018
isn't the longest river in canada the yukon?
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level 65
Nov 28, 2018
It does not accept Durien, although the answer is simply durién
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level 63
Jun 12, 2019
It's Darien https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isthmus_of_Panama