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Historic re-enactments take place at the George Washington Birthplace National Monument, located on the Potomac River southeast of Fredericksburg in what state? One of the longest natural bridges in the world is located in Rainbow Bridge National Monument, near Lake Powell. This monument lies close to the border with Arizona in what state? Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, a 17th-century Spanish fortress, is located in St. Augustine in what state? Colorful mounds of volcanic ash known as the Painted Hills are located in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, southeast of Mount Hood in what state? Montezuma Castle National Monument, a cliff dwelling built by Native Americans more than 600 years ago, is located in the Verde River valley south of Flagstaff in what state? Fort Moultrie, a part of Fort Sumter National Monument, was originally built to protect the city of Charleston, located in what state? Features like lava tubes, tree molds, and basaltic lava flows are preserved at Craters of the Moon National Monument, located on the Snake River Plain in what state? Archaeological evidence of early human habitation has been found in Russell Cave National Monument, located northeast of Birmingham in what state? The Oregon Trail runs through Scotts Bluff National Monument, located along the North Platte River in the western panhandle of what state? Devils Postpile National Monument, which protects an unusual basalt formation, is located in the Sierra Nevada near the San Joaquin River in what state? Nine historic lighthouses dot the coast from Cape Blanco to Tillamook Head in what state? Finger Lakes region is a part of what state that borders the Atlantic Ocean? What fraction of Africa is in the form of desert? Every year, old Christmas trees are dumped to form artificial reefs in what lake that borders California and Arizona? What is the only US state not to have any natural lakes? What is the longest mountain system in Africa? Which lake was briefly named as the 6th Great lake in 1998? What is the highest alpine lake in North America? What is the smallest country in area on the mainland of Africa? The half-buried cars of Cadillac Ranch mark one stop along America's 'Mother Road', otherwise known by what name? A tiger decorates the national flag of Formosa, a republic that existed for about 5 months in 1895 on what island? Citizens of what nation drink the most coffee, per person? Evidence of the world's oldest grape wine (5400 B.C.) was recovered in the Zagros Mountains in what nation? Name the Norwegian explorer born 100 years ago who led Kon-Tiki and Ra transoceanic expeditions... Peranakan culture merges Chinese, Malay, Indian, Dutch, and other traditions along what body of water? After Kazakhstan and Mongolia, what is the world's third largest landlocked country? (Answers) Historic re-enactments take place at the George Washington Birthplace National Monument, located on the Potomac River southeast of Fredericksburg in what state? (Virginia) One of the longest natural bridges in the world is located in Rainbow Bridge National Monument, near Lake Powell. This monument lies close to the border with Arizona in what state? (Utah) Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, a 17th-century Spanish fortress, is located in St. Augustine in what state? (Florida) Colorful mounds of volcanic ash known as the Painted Hills are located in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, southeast of Mount Hood in what state? (Oregon) Montezuma Castle National Monument, a cliff dwelling built by Native Americans more than 600 years ago, is located in the Verde River valley south of Flagstaff in what state? (Arizona) Fort Moultrie, a part of Fort Sumter National Monument, was originally built to protect the city of Charleston, located in what state? (South Carolina) Features like lava tubes, tree molds, and basaltic lava flows are preserved at Craters of the Moon National Monument, located on the Snake River Plain in what state? (Idaho) Archaeological evidence of early human habitation has been found in Russell Cave National Monument, located northeast of Birmingham in what state? (Alabama) The Oregon Trail runs through Scotts Bluff National Monument, located along the North Platte River in the western panhandle of what state? (Nebraska) Devils Postpile National Monument, which protects an unusual basalt formation, is located in the Sierra Nevada near the San Joaquin River in what state? (California) Nine historic lighthouses dot the coast from Cape Blanco to Tillamook Head in what state? (Maine) Finger Lakes region is a part of what state that borders the Atlantic Ocean? (New York) What fraction of Africa is in the form of desert? (One third) Every year, old Christmas trees are dumped to form artificial reefs in what lake that borders California and Arizona? (Lake Havasu) What is the only US state not to have any natural lakes? (Maryland) What is the longest mountain system in Africa? (Atlas Mountains) Which lake was briefly named as the 6th Great lake in 1998? (Lake Champlain in Vermont) What is the highest alpine lake in North America? (Lake Tahoe, which straddles the border between California and Nevada is nesteled in the Sierra Nevada mountains. It is also the second deepest lake in the United States after Oregon’s Crater lake). What is the smallest country in area on the mainland of Africa? (Gambia) The half-buried cars of Cadillac Ranch mark one stop along America's 'Mother Road', otherwise known by what name? (Route 66) A tiger decorates the national flag of Formosa, a republic that existed for about 5 months in 1895 on what island? (Taiwan) Citizens of what nation drink the most coffee, per person? (Netherlands; the country that consumes most coffee in volume is the United States - per person, it is the Netherlands) Evidence of the world's oldest grape wine (5400 B.C.) was recovered in the Zagros Mountains in what nation? (Iran) Name the Norwegian explorer born 100 years ago who led Kon-Tiki and Ra transoceanic expeditions... (Thor Heyerdahl) Peranakan culture merges Chinese, Malay, Indian, Dutch, and other traditions along what body of water? (Strait of Malacca) After Kazakhstan and Mongolia, what is the world's third largest landlocked country? (Chad)

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.

Friday, August 1, 2014

GeoBee Fact File - August, 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 - August, 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 and edited.

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A second railway in Tibet opened, between Lhasa, the capital, and the second city, Shigatse. The first, in 2006, linked Qinghai province with Lhasa. The railways are the highest in the world. The Lhasa–XigazĂȘ Railway, or Lari Railway, is a high-elevation railway that connects Lhasa to XigazĂȘ, in Tibet AR. The length of the railway is 253 km. The construction started in September 2010 and was completed in July 2014.

Tibet Facts - Tibet at a glance
(From: http://www.tibettravelplanner.com/tibet-facts.htm)
Official Name – Xizang Zizhiqu (Tibet Autonomous Region), "Zang" for short". Tibet is one of the five autonomous regions in the China; it was admitted on September 1, 1965.
Provincial Capital - Lhasa, the "Holy City" and the "City of Sunlight"
Location - Situated in the southwest of China, on the Tibetan Plateau, the highest region on Earth. See the location map of Tibet.
Other Notable Cities –Shigatse, Tsetang, Nagqu
Bordering Provinces – Xinjiang, Qinghai, Sichuan, Yunnan
Bordering Countries –Nepal, India, Sikkim, Bhutan, Burma. 
Religions Tibetan Buddhism, Animism
Official Languages – Mandarin, TibetanCurrency - ¥ RMB (Renminbi, Chinese Yuan)
Geography & Average Altitude – Bounded by the Himalayan mountains to the south, the region sits on a high plateau at 4,000-5,000 meters (13,000-16,400 feet), resulting in its nickname "the roof of the world." 
Highest Point - Mt. Everest, 8,848 metres (29,029 ft).
Main Rivers – Brahmaputra River, Nujiang River, Jinshajiang River, and Lancang River
Transportation - The high altitude, rugged topography and harsh natural environment made Tibet almost inaccessible to the outside world for century. Today, however, frequent flights to Lhasa, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway and several highways to Tibet have made Tibet easily accessible.
Festivals - Tibetan New Year, Shoton Festival, Bathing Festival.

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A paraglider flies in front of the Mont-Blanc mountain in Geneva, June 22, 2012.

(August 18, 2014)
Two climbers and their guide have fallen 800 meters to their death in the Mont Blanc range, police said on Monday, the latest in a series of tragedies on Europe's highest mountain.

Interesting Facts about Mont Blanc:

Mont Blanc (French for White Mountain) is the highest mountain in the European Union, at 15,781 feet. It is located in the French Alps, very close to the border with Italy.Over 20,000 climbers reach the summit of the mountain every year. There are several different established routes to the summit, one of which means spending the night in a hut.
The exact height of Mont Blanc can actually vary from year to year, depending on the amount of snow cover. There are actually two summits, about 100 feet apart.The Mont Blanc tunnel, which links France and Italy, travels directly underneath the mountain. The tunnel is 7 miles long and took 8 years to build.
A jacuzzi party was held on the summit of the mountain, in 2007. It took 20 people to carry a portable hot tub to the summit, along with equipment able to withstand the cold.
Like other popular mountains, human waste has long been a problem on Mont Blanc. In 2007, two portable toilets were carried by helicopter and placed on the mountain at a height of 14,000 feet.
The first Winter Olympic Games were held in 1924 in Chamonix, a town at the foot of the mountain. Mont Blanc is also regarded by many as the birthplace of modern mountaineering.
Although the entire area is well known for its winter sports and mountaineering, summer is also a popular time to visit. The surrounding area offers great opportunities for hiking and cycling.


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(From CNN)
T + L's World's Best Cities 2014
10. New Orleans
9. Mexico City
8. Barcelona
7. Seville, Spain
6. Istanbul
5. Rome
4. Siem Reap, Cambodia
3. Florence, Italy
2 Charleston, South Carolina
1. Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, on the island of Honshu in Japan.