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(Submitted by Chris Verghese) 1. Du gamla, du fria is the national anthem of which Scandinavian country? 2. El Camino de Muerte, or The Road of Death is considered one of the world’s most dangerous roads. It connects the rural, isolated city of Coroico to the main city. This is in which country? 3. Name the dominant religion in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 4. Name the currency of China. 5. Name the city with the highest population density in the world. 6. Lupang Hinirang, which means Chosen Land, is which country’s national anthem? 7. What capital city in Southern Africa lies at the eastern foothills of the Lebombo Mountains? 8. Which country borders South Africa to the North and Namibia to the west? 9. Aer Lingus is the national airline of which country? 10. Lake Atitlan is a tourist attraction in which country? 11. The National Pantheon of the Heroes is a national landmark of what country? 12. The Congo River drains into what body of water? 13. The King Fahd causeway connects which two Middle-Eastern countries? 14. Castries is the capital of which small Caribbean nation? 15. Torshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands, is located on what island, the largest and most populous in the chain? 16. The two official languages of Burundi are French and what other Bantu language? 17. King Philippe is the ruler of what European country? 18. King Felipe VI is the ruler of which European country? 19. Name the second most popular religion in Chad. 20. Name the sixth most populous city in Germany, the capital of North-Rhine Westphalia. 21. Suomen tasavalta is what country in Scandinavia? 22. What river of Queensland, Australia is the largest entirely on the Cape York Peninsula? 23. What island of Sao Tome and Principe lies directly on the Equator? 24. Victoria is the capital of what island country? 25. The Asaga Strait separates the islands of Ofu and Olosega, which are part of the Manu’a Islands, owned by what country? (Answers) 1. Du gamla, du fria is the national anthem of which Scandinavian country? (Sweden) 2. El Camino de Muerte, or The Road of Death is considered one of the world’s most dangerous roads. It connects the rural, isolated city of Coroico to the main city. This is in which country? (Bolivia) 3. Name the dominant religion in Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Islam) 4. Name the currency of China. (Renmimbi) 5. Name the city with the highest population density in the world. (Dhaka, Bangladesh) 6. Lupang Hinirang, which means Chosen Land, is which country’s national anthem? (Philippines) 7. What capital city in Southern Africa lies at the eastern foothills of the Lebombo Mountains? (Maputo) 8. Which country borders South Africa to the south and Namibia to the west? (Botswana) 9. Aer Lingus is the national airline of which country? (Ireland) 10. Lake Atitlan is a tourist attraction in which country? (Guatemala) 11. The National Pantheon of the Heroes is a national landmark of what country? (Paraguay) 12. The Congo River drains into what body of water? (The Atlantic Ocean) 13. The King Fahd causeway connects which two Middle-Eastern countries? (Saudi Arabia and Bahrain) 14. Castries is the capital of which small Caribbean nation? (St. Lucia) 15. Torshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands, is located on what island, the largest and most populous in the chain? (Streymoy) 16. The two official languages of Burundi are French and what other Bantu language? (Kirundi) 17. King Philippe is the ruler of what European country? (Belgium) 18. King Felipe VI is the ruler of which European country? (Spain) 19. Name the second most popular religion in Chad. (Roman Catholicism) 20. Name the sixth most populous city in Germany, the capital of North-Rhine Westphalia. (Dusseldorf) 21. Suomen tasavalta is what country in Scandinavia? (Finland) 22. What river of Queensland, Australia is the largest entirely on the Cape York Peninsula? (Jardine River) 23. What island of Sao Tome and Principe lies directly on the Equator? (Rolas) 24. Victoria is the capital of what island country? (Seychelles) 25. The Asaga Strait separates the islands of Ofu and Olosega, which are part of the Manu’a Islands, owned by what country? (USA)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

NSF - Train the Trainer (TTT) Course

This section is open to only the course participants!


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Welcome to this this course and the blog!
Hope today's session was informative and interesting to you!!
Use this section to post your assignments, pose questions and share information using the comments section. Make it a point to read and internalize the information that is being posted by other participants.
In your spare time, feel free to browse through the blog for a lot of interesting information.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

GeoBee Fact File - September, 2014

Use this section to post new facts as you learn them. These facts should be in a statement or in a Q/A format. Ensure that all posts are precise, accurate for content and are properly edited.

GeoBee News of the Day - September, 2014

As you follow important events around the world, make a note of them from the competition perspective and post the facts here in a statement or in a Q&A format.
Emphasize the geographical aspects of the place more than the main news/event itself.
Make sure that the posts are accurate, complete and are properly worded.
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Pilot diverts plane to give passengers better view of volcano


Fountains of lava spurt from a fissure in the ground on the north side of the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland on Tuesday, September 2.Fountains of lava spurt from a fissure in the ground on the north side of the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland on Tuesday, September 2.
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  • Icelandair pilot loops back to give passengers a better view of Bardarbunga
  • Volcanic activity around Bardabunga recently caused Iceland to raise an aviation alert
  • In 2010 an Icelandic volcano caused weeks of disruption to flights to and from Europe
(CNN) -- Erupting Icelandic volcanoes have been known to ground flights, but this time they kept one up in the air as a pilot looped around to give passengers a better view of the spectacle.
The extraordinary detour over the smoke and lava-spewing Bardarbunga volcano was captured on camera by one passenger and the image was later posted on Twitter by the airline.
"Our pilot made an extra circle around #Bardarbunga this morning to let passengers check it out," it said, thanking Erla Vinsy for the photo.
It's not often passenger plane pilots turn tour guide, with most sticking to dry commentary about airspeed, altitude and weather and confining off-flightpath maneuvers to holding patterns above busy airports.
Volcanic activity around Bardarbunga in August prompted Iceland's Meteorological Office to briefly raise the aviation threat level to red, its highest.
There were fears of a repeat of the travel chaos of 2010 when a huge eruption from another Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajokull, led to weeks of flight cancellations.
The alert related to Bardabunga was lowered to orange just days later and restrictions dropped, but officials said seismic activity was continuing at the volcano.
Volcanic ash can be a serious hazard to aircraft, reducing visibility, damaging flight controls and ultimately causing jet engines to fail.
From a safe distance though, it's got to be worth a second look.





























































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(From NPR)

Locusts Eat The Crops Of Madagascar — And Each Other, Too

Sylvain Lathuy/YouTube
For the third year in a row, skies over Madagascar are black with millions of locusts — the insects of biblical fame that gobble up crops and ravage landscapes, mostly in countries where people barely get by.
This swarm, of red locusts, has come together to breed and feed. In rural parts of Madagascar, the bugs are taking a huge toll on rice and maize. Last week, a heat wave drew them to the capital city of Antananrivo as well, making for an apocalyptic urban scene (see above).

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Facts about India

Physical map of the Indian subcontinent

A clickable map of the 29 states and 7 union territories of India from wikipedia
Indian Ocean Bay of Bengal Andaman Sea Arabian Sea Laccadive Sea Siachen Glacier Andaman and Nicobar Islands Chandigarh Dadra and Nagar Haveli Daman and Diu Delhi Lakshadweep Pondicherry Pondicherry Pondicherry Arunachal Pradesh Assam Bihar Chhattisgarh Goa Gujarat Haryana Himachal Pradesh Jammu and Kashmir Jharkhand Karnataka Kerala Madhya Pradesh Maharashtra Manipur Meghalaya Mizoram Nagaland Odisha Punjab Rajasthan Sikkim Tamil Nadu Tripura Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand West Bengal Afghanistan Bangladesh Bhutan Burma China Nepal Pakistan Sri Lanka Tajikistan Dadra and Nagar Haveli Daman and Diu Pondicherry Pondicherry Pondicherry Pondicherry Goa Gujarat Jammu and Kashmir Karnataka Kerala Madhya Pradesh Maharashtra Rajasthan Tamil Nadu Assam Meghalaya Andhra Pradesh Arunachal Pradesh Nagaland Manipur Mizoram Telangana Tripura West Bengal Sikkim Bhutan Bangladesh Bihar Jharkhand Odisha Chhattisgarh Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand Nepal Delhi Haryana Punjab Himachal Pradesh Chandigarh Pakistan Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Disputed territory in Jammu and Kashmir Disputed territory in Jammu and Kashmir

Food map of India


On August 15th, India will be celebrating its 68th Independence Day...
To celebrate this historic event, I invite you to learn some unique, geographical facts about the country and post them here in a question and answer format.
Read the posted facts first to ensure no duplication/repetition of information. Make sure that the questions are properly worded and the answers are accurate.