Do you know?


Do you know? (Submitted by Sean Ness)


Walvis Ridge is off of the southern coast of what continent that is home to Zulu natives? What is the name of the largest city on the south Australian island of Tasmania? Puerto Barrios is a city on the east coast of what Spanish speaking country? Araçatuba is a city in the southern part of what country that does not have Spanish as the official language? Fuenlabrada is a suburb of what European capital city of a country in the EU? Palma is a Spanish city that is on what island that is in the Balearic Chain? Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre borders Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park in what state? What is the name of the state that is the westernmost state in Brazil, this state is also lowly populated? South and in between Tripoli and Benghazi is what body of water? Dubrovnik is a city on a thin strip of land bordering the Adriatic Sea, this city is in what country? Maplewood State Park is a forestry park in the hills of what state that contains many lakes? What country, one of the largest producers of oil in the world, borders the Gulf of Guinea and contains the city of Benin City? The Croatian capital “Zagreb” is in the northern part of Croatia on what river? The Hauge home to the International Court of Justice is on what Sea? Svalbard an overseas territory of Norway borders what 4 bodies of water? A largely developed housing complex (Kilamba) built by China is mostly uninhabited and is in what capital city? Aviemore is a town inside of Cairngorms National Park in the northern part of what country? Vlorë is a city on the Adriatic Sea near Narta Lagoon in what country? Lubumbahi is a city near the Zambian border in the southern part of which country? Virtually untouched by humans, the Aldabra Atoll is the second largest coral atoll controlled by which country? English Coast and Bryan Coast are in Ellsworth Land on what Continent? Prince Rupert is a city near the Alaskan border in what political division of Canada? Rigolet is a village on the inlet of the Atlantic connecting to Lake Melville in what Canadian division? The Shannon Estuary is near the city of Limerick in what European Union country? ( Lomianki is a village on the Vistula River outside of what capital city that is the capital of a country in the EU? Kourou is a city near the capital of what French Territory on the Atlantic Ocean? Ljugarn is a town on what Swedish island that is strategically placed in the Baltic Sea? Just recently 3 Americans, 1 British man, and 1 French man, tackled a suspected Moroccan terrorist on a bullet train between what two cities? South of South Georgia Island and east of the South Sandwich Islands is what sea? Emirates Airline is a luxury Arab based airline headquartered in what city? (Answers) Walvis Ridge is off of the southern coast of what continent that is home to Zulu natives? (Africa) What is the name of the largest city on the south Australian island of Tasmania? (Hobart) Puerto Barrios is a city on the east coast of what Spanish speaking country? (Guatemala) Araçatuba is a city in the southern part of what country that does not have Spanish as the official language? (Brazil) Fuenlabrada is a suburb of what European capital city of a country in the EU? (Madrid) Palma is a Spanish city that is on what island that is in the Balearic Chain? (Mallorca) Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre borders Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park in what state? (South Australia) What is the name of the state that is the westernmost state in Brazil, this state is also lowly populated? (Acre) South and in between Tripoli and Benghazi is what body of water? (Gulf of Sidra) Dubrovnik is a city on a thin strip of land bordering the Adriatic Sea, this city is in what country? (Croatia) Maplewood State Park is a forestry park in the hills of what state that contains many lakes? (Minnesota) What country, one of the largest producers of oil in the world, borders the Gulf of Guinea and contains the city of Benin City? (Nigeria) The Croatian capital “Zagreb” is in the northern part of Croatia on what river? (Sava River) The Hauge home to the International Court of Justice is on what Sea? (North Sea) Svalbard an overseas territory of Norway borders what 4 bodies of water? (Barents Sea, Greenland Sea, Norwegian Sea, and the Arctic Ocean) A largely developed housing complex (Kilamba) built by China is mostly uninhabited and is in what capital city? (Luanda) Aviemore is a town inside of Cairngorms National Park in the northern part of what country? (United Kingdom) Vlorë is a city on the Adriatic Sea near Narta Lagoon in what country? (Albania) Lubumbahi is a city near the Zambian border in the southern part of which country? (DR Congo) Virtually untouched by humans, the Aldabra Atoll is the second largest coral atoll countrolles by which country? (Seychelles) English Coast and Bryan Coast are in Ellsworth Land on what Continent? (Antarctica) Prince Rupert is a city near the Alaskan border in what political division of Canada? (British Colombia) Rigolet is a village on the inlet of the Atlantic comecting to Lake Melville in what Canadian division? (Newfoundland and Labrador) The Shannon Estuary is near the city of Limerick in what European Union country? (Ireland) Lomianki is a village on the Vistula River outside of what capital city that is the capital of a country in the EU? (Warsaw) Kourou is a city near the capital of what French Territory on the Atlantic Ocean? (French Guyana) Ljugarn is a town on what Swedish island that is strategically placed in the Baltic Sea? (Gotland Island) Just recently 3 Americans, 1 British man, and 1 French man, tackled a suspected Moroccan terrorist on a bullet train between what two cities? (Amsterdam and Paris) South of South Georgia Island and east of the South Sandwich Islands is what sea? (Scotia Sea) Emirates Airline is a luxury Arab based airline headquartered in what city? (Dubai)

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.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

2015 Summer Assignment - Week 8 - INDIA

August 10 to 16






Rameshwaram Temple, Tamil Nadu
Jama Masjid Mosque, New Delhi
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Monday, August 3, 2015

2015 Summer Assignment - Week 7 - Cultural/Historical/Environmental/Agricultural Geography

August 3 to 9.

Kuchipudi Dancer

Watch Kuchipudi Tarangam Plate and Pot dance by Anushka Roy, NY at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrGbS_H5mm4

Tarangam - an unique feature of Kuchipudi dance - Kuchipudi, which is the name a village in Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh, India. The performer dances on a brass plate with a pot of water on the head- sometimes this is accompanied by a two burning lamps/candles in the hands too...

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Biomes of the World

Read more at
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------



GeoBee Fact File - August, 2015

Read the posted information to expand your body of knowledge and make a note of facts that are not familiar to you.  Post all the NEW facts (as you learn them) in this section in a statement or in a Q/A format.  This is also the location for you to post in the ongoing Fact File assignment!
Ensure that all posts are accurate, clear and relevant!!!
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(From BBC)

Travel Photographer of the Year: What was the best?

El Tatio Geyser Field, Chile


Salar de Uyuni (salt flat), Uyuni, Bolivia 

Read the complete article at 
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

GeoBee News of the Day - August, 2015

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. Look at the posts in this section (going back a few months) to get a correct perspective and format... Also, click on the posted links and follow the news all around the world...
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(From  www.vox.com)

How states look after scaling for population...



Every state's population rank from 1910 to 2010, in one dizzying chart Phil Edwards on August 12, 2015




-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

(From BBC... http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33815132)


Singapore marks 50 years since independence



Singapore has held nationwide events to mark 50 years since it became an independent state.
Tens of thousands of people attended an outdoor parade, watching on as fighter jets whizzed through the sky and a huge convoy rumbled past. The event culminated with spectators reciting the national pledge and singing the national anthem.
Singapore became independent when it was ejected from the Federation of Malaysia amid social unrest. In 50 years, the former British colony has transformed itself into one of the world's wealthiest countries. But its critics say the rapid development has been accompanied by a strict control on free speech and politics.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(From BBC)
Hiroshima remembered as lanterns light up the night



Residents in the Japanese city of Hiroshima are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb being dropped by a US aircraft.
People across the country observed a minute's silence at the exact time an American aircraft dropped the bomb in 1945. 
As dusk fell in Hiroshima, the ceremonies culminated with the release of thousands of colourful paper lanterns on the Motoyasu river.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(From BBC)
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-33733911

Enclaves swapped in landmark India-Bangladesh border deal

India and Bangladesh have swapped control of some 160 small pockets of land on each other's territory. 
The enclaves, home to some 50,000 people, were created through local peace treaties in the 18th Century. 
New national flags were to be hoisted as a landmark accord between the two countries came into effect at midnight local time on Friday.
Residents were asked to choose where they wanted to live and which nationality they would prefer. 
Most of the people living in the enclaves - 111 in Bangladesh and 51 in India - will stay where they are, but change nationality. 
The enclaves endured through British colonial rule and the independence first of India and more recently Bangladesh.
After the partition of India in 1947, their inhabitants remained where they were - residents of one country but located inside the other, the BBC's Sanjoy Majumder reports.
For six decades they have been treated as in effect stateless, but the agreement between India and Bangladesh means they will now finally gain a proper identity. 
Hitherto residents have had difficulty getting access to basic facilities such as education. 

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Monday, July 27, 2015

2015 Summer Assignment - Week 6 - Physical/Political/Economic/Population Geography

July 27 to August 2

                                                                                World Physical
                  World Political
           World Light map
World Population Circle


Monday, July 6, 2015

2015 Summer Assignment - Week 3 - North America (without USA)

(July 6 to July 12, 2015)
Post new facts as you learn them - Avoid posting previously published facts from this blog.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GeoBee Fact File - July, 2015

Read the posted information to expand your body of knowledge and make a note of facts that are not familiar to you.  Post all the NEW facts (as you learn them) in this section in a statement or in a Q/A format.  This is also the location for you to post in the ongoing Fact File assignment!
Ensure that all posts are accurate, clear and relevant!!!
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(From BBC)

Nine rare and beautiful cloud formations...


Read more at ... 
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------




State nick names...  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._state_nicknames
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

GeoBee News of the Day - July, 2015

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. Look at the posts in this section (going back a few months) to get a correct perspective and format...
Also, click on the posted links  and follow the  news all around the world!
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(From CNN)

10 of the world's most beautiful new nature reserves

Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(From BBC, July 14, 2015)

Could one of these be New Zealand's New flag?



Read more at  
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(From BBC, July 13, 2015)
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-33503423


Underwater volcanoes discovered off Australia



The team from Australia's national science agency (CSIRO) made the discovery during a search for larval lobster breeding grounds. The cluster of volcanoes is believed to be around 50 million years old. The researchers say the discovery may hold clues to how Australia separated from New Zealand.
The volcanoes were discovered about 250km (155 miles) off the coast of Sydney. "This is the first time these volcanoes have been seen," volcano expert Richard Arculus told AFP. "We know the surface topography of Mars better than we know our backyard because there's no water in the way. "I think every time we turn the spotlight on the sea floor we see things that we've never seen before.""They tell us part of the story of how New Zealand and Australia separated around 40 to 80 million years ago." Scientists say the biggest of the four volcanoes rises 700m off the sea floor, with a crater spanning 1.5km across.
The BBC's Jon Donnison in Sydney says while New Zealand has a few active volcanoes, the last eruption in Australia is thought to have been more than 5,000 years ago.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(From BBC, July 9, 2015)

Indonesia volcano Sinabung spews clouds of ash towards homes



For information and FAQs on Volcanos, check out...  http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcanoes/faq.html
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(From AP)
World Heritage status for The Alamo, Japan industrial sites

Latest list of World Heritage Sites...


BONN, Germany (AP) — The United States has succeeded in its bid to "Remember the Alamo," after the U.N. cultural body approved its status as a world heritage site Sunday.
The Alamo was one of five Spanish Roman Catholic sites, known as the San Antonio Missions, to receive the coveted label likely to boost tourism.
UNESCO's World Heritage Committee approved the Missions' status along with more than a dozen others from around the globe, including the Gunkanjima industrial site off Japan that South Korea had long objected to.
Susan Snow, an archaeologist for San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, said the site in Texas represents "the very essence of the great melting pot of the United States."
"These Missions are a living example of the interchange of cultures bringing together the indigenous, Spanish, Mexican, and other influences that form South Texas today," Snow said in a statement following the decision in Bonn, Germany.
The Missions were built in the 18th century in and around what is now the city of San Antonio to convert indigenous people to Catholicism and make them Spanish subjects.
The best known of the missions, The Alamo, was the site of the famous 1836 battle when an outnumbered band of Texas settlers staged a courageous stand before Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and his Mexican forces seized the mission. During the Battle of San Jacinto weeks later, then-victorious Texas soldiers shouted, "Remember the Alamo!"
U.S. officials hope the designation will boost tourism to San Antonio, already one of the city's top five industry and responsible for one in eight jobs.
The Missions were the only sites in the United States proposed for world heritage status this year. Other American icons already on the list include the Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon.
In another decision, Japan received world heritage status for a collection of almost two dozen sites that illustrate the country's industrial revolution during the 19th century.
The unanimous vote in favor of Japan's bid was approved only after Tokyo and Seoul resolved a spat over whether to acknowledge the sites' history of wartime forced labor, particularly that of Gunkanjima, or Battleship Island.
The fortress island near Nagasaki was key to Japan's rapid development during the 1868-1912 era of the Meiji Emperor, who sought to catch up with Western colonial powers.
Until recently, Seoul had objected to the listing unless the role of Korean prisoners forced to work there during World War II was formally recognized.
"Japan is prepared to take measures that allow an understanding that there were a large number of Koreans and others who were brought against their will and forced to work under harsh conditions in the 1940s at some of the sites," the Japanese delegation said in a statement after the decision.
More than a dozen other sites have also been granted world heritage status in recent days. They include:
The Burgundy vineyards south of Dijon, France, which have been shaped by centuries of wine making. Along with surrounding villages and the historic center of Dijon, the site represents an industry in existence since at least the 12th century.
Champagne, the sparkling wine distinctive of the eponymous French region, represented in the vineyards, the cellars where the bottled wine ferments a second time, and the storied sales houses.
The Diyarbakir Fortress and Hevsel Gardens of Turkey, which goes back to ancient Greek and Roman times.
The Par Force Hunting Landscape northeast of Copenhagen, a sculpted woodland where Danish kings hunted with hounds until the 18th century.
A Lutheran church settlement known as Christiansfeld, also in Denmark. Founded in 1773 in the region of South Jutland, the town was built around a central church square to represent the democratic ideal of this Protestant denomination.
Tusi sites in southwest China, named after the tribal chiefs who ruled there from the 13th to the early 20th century.
The archaeological mounds and Ardeshir's palace along the Shavur River in Iran. Known as Susa, the site was continuously settled from the 5th century B.C. until the 13th century.
The Maymand valley region of central Iran inhabited by semi-nomadic people who move between mountain pastures and caves depending on the season.
Singapore's Botanical Gardens, which were created in 1859 and have since become a world-class conservation and research site, as well as a major tourist attraction for the city state.
The Baekje region of South Korea comprising archaeological sites dating from the late 5th to late 7th century.
Mongolia's sacred Great Burkhan Khaldun Mountain where Central Asian steppe meets the Siberian taiga. Tradition holds that it is the site of Genghis Khan's birth and burial.
Sicilian churches and palaces dating back to the island's 12th-century Norman rule, which incorporated Arab and Byzantine culture.
Christian pilgrimage sites in modern Jordan where Jesus is said to have been baptized, along with Roman and Byzantine remains in the area.
Prehistoric rock art showing human and animal figures in Saudi Arabia's Hail Region.
Hamburg's Speicherstadt district, a vast complex of red-brick warehouses built between 1883 and 1927 in Germany's biggest port.
The Rjukan-Notodden industrial site in Norway, built in the early 20th century to produce fertilizer to meet the booming demand from agriculture.
The Necropolis of Beth She'arim, a series of catacombs built from the 2nd century B.C. onward as a Jewish burial place. Located southeast of Haifa, Israel, the site features inscriptions in Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew.
Scotland's Forth Bridge, completed in 1890 to carry trains over the Forth River and still in use today.
The Blue and John Crow Mountains, Jamaica's first world heritage site. Located on the southeast of the island, they became a refuge for indigenous people and escaped African slaves during colonial times and are considered a biodiversity hotspot.









------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

(From BBC)

Tonga King Tupou VI formally crowned



The king of the Pacific island nation of Tonga, Tupou VI, has been formally crowned, more than three years after ascending to the throne.Foreign royals, including the Crown Prince of Japan, attended the coronation ceremony in the capital, Nuku'alofa.A retired Australian minister performed the crowning as it is taboo for Tongans to touch their king's head.Tonga gained its independence from Britain in 1970 but the monarchy stretches back 1,000 years.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(From BBC)

US-Cuba ties: Washington and Havana announce embassies









Havana skyline (file photo 2009)
There has not been a US embassy in the Cuban capital Havana since the 1960s

The US and Cuba have agreed to reopen embassies in each other's capitals, a major step in re-establishing diplomatic ties severed in 1961.
Cuba said Havana and Washington will restore full diplomatic relations and open embassies on 20 July. 
Relations had been frozen since the early 1960s when the US broke links and imposed a trade embargo with the communist island.
But the two sides agreed to normalise relations at the end of 2014.
The country's two leaders held historic talks in April.
Since 1977, the US and Cuba have operated diplomatic missions called "interests sections" in each other's capitals under the legal protection of Switzerland. However, they do not enjoy the same status as full embassies.
---------------------------------------------------------------------