Do you know?

Do you know? (submitted by Adithya Sreenivasan)

(Questions) 1. Which cave in South Dakota that is decorated with calcite crystal spars is the third-longest cave in the world? 2. The lowest point in Colorado, which is located at an altitude of 3317 ft. above sea level, is what river that flows into the Republican River at Kansas? 3. Which bay that is an estuary outlet of the river of the same name and that was designated a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance lies between New Jersey and Delaware? 4. The Bridger Mountains, which is a sub-range of the Rocky Mountains that runs through Montana, is located mostly within Gallatin National Forest. Name the highest peak in the Bridger Mountains. 5. The Oswego River, located in upstate New York, is formed by the confluence of what two rivers? 6. The largest Native American reservation in the United States is the Navajo Nation in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. What is the smallest Native American Reservation, located in California and belonging to the Pit River tribe? 7. This inlet of the Atlantic Ocean is located in the Sea Islands region of South Carolina, and the largest river that flows into it is the Broad River. Name this coastal inlet which is located on the Intracoastal Waterway. 8. This island, which was divided by various storms and now consists of 11 separate smaller islands, partially surrounds a sound of the same name on the Louisiana Gulf Coast. Name this island. 9. Albany is the seat of Dougherty County in SW Georgia. What river is Albany located on? 10. The most populous county in the US is Los Angeles County. What is the smallest county in the US, which is located in Texas and whose only community is Mentone? 11. The part of the Appalachian Mountains that extends into Maine was renamed what, in honor of a famous Maine-born poet? 12. What glacier in the Central Valley region of California is the smallest glacier in the Sierra Nevada and is also the southernmost glacier in the United States? 13. Mount Frissell, the highest summit in Connecticut, is located in what mountain range that extends from Vermont to Pennsylvania? 14. Cape Cod National Seashore, which is located in Barnstable County, a part of the Cape Cod region of Massachusetts, contains what notable landmark that is known for the first transatlantic radio transmission? 15. What state high point is the last peak on the northern end of the Appalachian Trail? 16. WinStar World Casino, the largest in the world based on gaming floor space, is located in Oklahoma near the border with Texas on what river that later passes through the city of Shreveport? 17. Cape Cod is separated from the mainland of Massachusetts by the Cape Cod Bay and what other bay located to its south? 18. Acadia National Park is located on Mt. Desert Island, which is the 6th largest island in the contiguous United States. What is the highest point on the island? 19. Enchanted Rock, located near the town of Fredericksburg, TX, is the second-largest granite formation in the US. The rock is located in what southernmost extension of the Great Plains? 20. What Great Lake that borders 3 US States is fed by the Detroit River and drains by the Niagara River? 21. What is the highest peak in the US by prominence whose parent peak is Aconcagua? 22. Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in the US, is located on what river that flows from its source in Yellowstone National Park to its mouth near Burbank, WA? 23. Which US state whose highest point is near the Ebright Azimuth has the lowest mean elevation of the 50 states? 24. Lembert Dome, a granite dome rock formation above the Tuolumne Meadows and the Tuolumne River in California, is located in what national park? 25. What river in upstate central New York state is the largest tributary of the Hudson and flows into the Hudson just north of Albany? (Answers) 1. Which cave in South Dakota that is decorated with calcite crystal spars is the third-longest cave in the world? (Jewel Cave) 2. The lowest point in Colorado, which is located at an altitude of 3317 ft. above sea level, is what river that flows into the Republican River at Kansas? (The Arikaree River) 3. Which bay that is an estuary outlet of the river of the same name and that was designated a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance lies between New Jersey and Delaware? (Delaware Bay) 4. The Bridger Mountains, which is a sub-range of the Rocky Mountains that runs through Montana, is located mostly within Gallatin National Forest. Name the highest peak in the Bridger Mountains. (Sacagawea Peak) 5. The Oswego River, located in upstate New York, is formed by the confluence of what two rivers? (Oneida River and Seneca River) 6. The largest Native American reservation in the United States is the Navajo Nation in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. What is the smallest Native American Reservation, located in California and belonging to the Pit River tribe? (Rancheria) 7. This inlet of the Atlantic Ocean is located in the Sea Islands region of South Carolina, and the largest river that flows into it is the Broad River. Name this coastal inlet which is located on the Intracoastal Waterway. (Port Royal Sound) 8. This island, which was divided by various storms and now consists of 11 separate smaller islands, partially surrounds a sound of the same name on the Louisiana Gulf Coast. Name this island. (Breton Island/Islands) 9. Albany is the seat of Dougherty County in SW Georgia. What river is Albany located on? (The Flint River) 10. The most populous county in the US is Los Angeles County. What is the smallest county in the US, which is located in Texas and whose only community is Mentone? (Loving County) 11. The part of the Appalachian Mountains that extends into Maine was renamed what, in honor of a famous Maine-born poet? (The Longfellow Mountains) 12. What glacier in the Central Valley region of California is the smallest glacier in the Sierra Nevada and is also the southernmost glacier in the United States? (Lilliput Glacier) 13. Mount Frissell, the highest summit in Connecticut, is located in what mountain range that extends from Vermont to Pennsylvania? (The Taconic Mountains) 14. Cape Cod National Seashore, which is located in Barnstable County, a part of the Cape Cod region of Massachusetts, contains what notable landmark that is known for the first transatlantic radio transmission? (Marconi Station) 15. What state high point is the last peak on the northern end of the Appalachian Trail? (Mt. Katahdin) 16. WinStar World Casino, the largest in the world based on gaming floor space, is located in Oklahoma near the border with Texas on what river that later passes through the city of Shreveport? (The Red River) 17. Cape Cod is separated from the mainland of Massachusetts by the Cape Cod Bay and what other bay located to its south? (The Buzzards Bay) 18. Acadia National Park is located on Mt. Desert Island, which is the 6th largest island in the contiguous United States. What is the highest point on the island? (Cadillac Mountain) 19. Enchanted Rock, located near the town of Fredericksburg, TX, is the second-largest granite formation in the US. The rock is located in what southernmost extension of the Great Plains? (The Texas Hill Country) 20. What Great Lake that borders 3 US States is fed by the Detroit River and drains by the Niagara River? (Lake Erie) 21. What is the highest peak in the US by prominence whose parent peak is Aconcagua? (Mt. McKinley/Denali) 22. Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in the US, is located on what river that flows from its source in Yellowstone National Park to its mouth near Burbank, WA? (The Snake River) 23. Which US state whose highest point is near the Ebright Azimuth has the lowest mean elevation of the 50 states? (Delaware) 24. Lembert Dome, a granite dome rock formation above the Tuolumne Meadows and the Tuolumne River in California, is located in what national park? (Yosemite National Park) 25. What river in upstate central New York state is the largest tributary of the Hudson and flows into the Hudson just north of Albany? (The Mohawk River)

Why Geography Bee?

Why Geography Bee?

Preparing for this competition is a fun way of learning about places and people, all across the world! It increases geographic knowledge and helps children in becoming champions. It instills in them the universal principles of education – the desire to learn, the ability to focus, the discipline to stay on course, the importance of working hard, an opportunity to understand novel concepts and to make a sense of every day, world events .
Preparing for Geography Bee leads to learning important life lessons that are absolute pre-requisites for higher achievement.

Why Geography?

Why Geography?

In an increasingly interconnected, interdependent and compressed world, knowing about the world and the happenings around will enable us to understand how remote events have the ability to impact people's lives all around the world. Geography connects physical systems, cultural characteristics, evolution and modification of environments and availability and distribution of resources. Being Geographically literate and by having a mental map of the world, children will have a decent chance to become global citizens and consequently, primed to be active players on the world stage. They are also more likely to appreciate Mother Earth as the homeland of humankind, for making wise management decisions about how the planet's resources should be conserved and used in the next century.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

GeoBee Fact File - October, 2014 - Part TWO

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.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Get Ready for this Year's Competition...




What should you learn?
Here are some pointers.  Learn these facts so well that you should be able to answer related questions on a dime.  The more meticulous you are in your preparation, that much better off you would be in advancing in the competition.

USA
States, capitals, regions,  major cities and towns, nick names, mountains, rivers, tourist attractions, bordering states and boundaries, state symbols and mottoes, national parks, major industries and current events. Label a blank map of the country with state names, mountains, rivers and tourist attractions. Note the relative location of each state, its neighbors and associated geographical features.

WORLD
Countries, capitals, regions, provinces and states, major cities and towns, geographic sobriquets, bordering countries and boundaries, mountains, rivers (origin, flow and mouth), tourist attractions, country flags and symbols, flora and fauna, national parks, natural resources, major industries, major exports and agricultural products, minerals and mines, islands, straits, archipelagos, isthmii, oceans and seas, gulfs and bays, ocean currents, deserts, volcanoes, currencies, religions, languages, major ethnic groups and native populations, natural hazards and current events. Label a blank map of each continent with each country's name and its mountains, rivers and tourist attractions. Note the relative location of each country, its neighbors and associated geographical features.

This, by no means, is a complete list.  But, if you know many of the facts in these categories, you will have a good chance of finishing at the top!      
Best of Luck!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

GeoBee Fact File - October, 2014 - Part ONE

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 - October, 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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Centre clears change in names of Karnataka cities, Belgaum now Belagavi

New Delhi, Oct 17, 2014 (PTI)
Here are the new names approved by the Central Government - Bangalore is already known as Bengaluru.
Belgaum  now Belagavi
Mangalore now Mangaluru
Bellary now Ballari 
Bijapur now Vijapura
Chikmagalur changed to Chikkamagaluru
Gulbarga changed to Kalaburagi
Mysore changed to Mysure
Hospet changed to Hosapete
Shimoga changed to Shivamogga
Hubli changed to Hubballi
Tumkur changed to Tumakuru
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OSLO, Norway (AP) — Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work for children’s rights
Read more: 17-year-old child rights activist wins Nobel Peace Prize.






















Watch the announcement -
http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2014/10/10/nobel-peace-prize-winner-earlystart.cnn.html


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Cat 5 Cyclone Hudhud Heading towards Andhra Pradesh and Odisha




























Thermo-dynamic picture of Bay of Bengal





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Shrinking Aral Sea...


































(From CNN)


The Aral Sea was once the world's fourth-largest lake. Now much of it is a vast toxic desert straddling the bordersof Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, two former Soviet states in central Asia.
In recently released images, NASA's Earth Observatory shows the extent of the lake's recession over the past 14 years.
The damage reached its peak this year, when the eastern lobe of the South Aral Sea -- which actually was the center of the original lake -- dried up completely.
Until the 1960s, the Aral Sea was fed by two rivers, the Amu Darya and Syr Darya, which brought snowmelt from mountains to the southeast, and local rainfall. But in the 1960s the Soviet Union diverted water from the two rivers into canals to supply agriculture in the region.
With the loss of water, the lake began to recede and its salinity levels began to rise. Fertilizers and chemical runoff contaminated the lake bed. As the lakebed became exposed, winds blew the contaminated soil onto the surrounding croplands, meaning even more water was needed to make the land suitable for agriculture, according to an Earth Observatory release.
The falling water levels changed the local climate, too. Without the lake water to moderate temperatures, winters became colder and summers hotter, the Earth Observatory said.
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Welcome to BioMuseo in Panama...




(CNN) -- It stands at the entrance to the Panama Canal and took longer than the waterway to build, but a brightly colored biodiversity museum designed by architect Frank Gehry has finally celebrated its official opening
BioMuseo, a 4,000-square-meter exhibition space and botanical park, has been commissioned to highlight Panama's natural wonders and its role as a geological bridge between two continents.With its vivid appearance, BioMuseo has become a familiar sight to ships using the Canal's eastern gateway and to people using the nearby Bridge of Amerithat connects to an offshore archipelago.  Although its shape is reminiscent of Gehry's earlier works -- which include landmarks such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles -- its bold color scheme is a departure.It's Gehry's first in Latin America, despite the fact his wife is Panamanian.


Visitors to BioMuseo will pass through a series of galleries incorporating interactive dioramas, including "Panamarama" -- a three-level, 12-screen projection space intended to create an immersive rainforest experience.Built on a former U.S. military base, the exhibition is described on the museum's website as "a combination of art and science that leads the visitor to experience a marvelous phenomenon."