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WORLD (Questions) 1. The Goualougo Triangle is a 100-square-mile region on the southern end of what national park, located in the Republic of the Congo in Central Africa? 2. Which river is located in the Magallanes region of Chile, rising from its source in Dickson Lake and flowing east for nine kilometers to a lake of the same name? 3. Rana Kumbha's Palace is the birthplace of Maharana Udai Singh, the founder of what city? 4. Which Costa Rican reserve consists of 6 ecological zones, 90% of which are virgin forests and with an extremely high rate of biodiversity? 5. Together, the Portuguese words for wine and garlic form the name of what popular curry native to Goa, India? 6. What glacier, also known as Pío XI Glacier, is in southern Chile and is the longest glacier in the southern hemisphere outside of Antarctica. 7. Which river, 284 miles long, is the longest river located entirely within the U.S. state of Tennessee? 8. What South American lake acts as a major shipping route to the port of Cabimas and has a surrounding basin of the same name, containing large reserves of crude oil? 9. Which bridge spanning the outlet of Lake Maracaibo, is one of the longest bridges in the world? 10. Which fort, set on a 180 metre hill, was constructed by the Mauryans in the 7th century AD and is the largest fort in India? 11. The Friendship Highway is an 800-kilometer scenic route connecting what city with the Chinese-Nepalese border at the Sino-Nepalese Friendship Bridge? 12. Which islands have been a self-governing country within the Danish Realm since 1948? 13. Which island is a high island in French Polynesia, 17 kilometres northwest of Tahiti, with its name meaning “yellow lizard”? 14. Which lake (known also as Tso Ngonpo in Tibetan and as Kokonor in Mongolian), is the largest lake in China? 15. Which lake is one of the most popular lakes that travelers to Tibet visit, located 3.5 hours north of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet? 16. Chola Mountains, which are close to the cities ofYushu andGolmud are in what country? 17. After Norway, which country is the world's largest producer of farmed salmon, which are grown in podlike cages anchored offshore in Las Guaitecas National Reserve near the Northern Ice Field? 18. Bernardo O'Higgins National Park is the largest of the protected areas in what country that is home to the southernmost point in South America? 19. A Lion-fish hybrid known as a Merlion is the mascot of what Asian City-State? 20. The Cardamom Mountains stretch across the border of what two Asian countries? 21. Which city is bordered by the Qaiwan Range in the northeast, Baranan Mountain in the south and the Tasluja Hills in the west and served as the capital of the historic Kurdish principality of Baban from 1784 to 1850? 22. The Perito Moreno Glacier is located in what South American country? 23. Which Pakistani city was once called Loharpur, the city of the Lohar Dynasty? 24. In the Kalahari Desert, ring shaped patches of grass are commonly known by what name? 25. At which site in Tanzania pioneered by Jane Goodall are only about a hundred chimpanzees left, now surrounded by humans? (Answers) 1. The Goualougo Triangle is a 100-square-mile region on the southern end of what national park, located in the Republic of the Congo in Central Africa? (Nouabale-Ndoki) 2. Which river is located in the Magallanes region of Chile, rising from its source in Dickson Lake and flowing east for nine kilometers to a lake of the same name? (Paine River) 3. Rana Kumbha's Palace is the birthplace of Maharana Udai Singh, the founder of what city? (Udaipur) 4. Which Costa Rican reserve consists of 6 ecological zones, 90% of which are virgin forests and with an extremely high rate of biodiversity? (Monteverde Cloud Forest) 5. Together, the Portuguese words for wine and garlic form the name of what popular curry native to Goa, India? (Vindaloo) 6. What glacier, also known as Pío XI Glacier, is in southern Chile and is the longest glacier in the southern hemisphere outside of Antarctica. (Brüggen Glacier) 7. Which river, 284 miles long, is the longest river located entirely within the U.S. state of Tennessee? (Duck River) 8. What South American lake acts as a major shipping route to the port of Cabimas and has a surrounding basin of the same name, containing large reserves of crude oil? (Lake Maracaibo) 9. Which bridge spanning the outlet of Lake Maracaibo, is one of the longest bridges in the world? (General Rafael Urdaneta Bridge) 10. Which fort, set on a 180 metre hill, was constructed by the Mauryans in the 7th century AD and is the largest fort in India? (Chittorgarh Fort) 11. The Friendship Highway is an 800-kilometer scenic route connecting what city with the Chinese-Nepalese border at the Sino-Nepalese Friendship Bridge? (Lhasa) 12. Which islands have been a self-governing country within the Danish Realm since 1948? (Faroe Islands) 13. Which island is a high island in French Polynesia, 17 kilometres northwest of Tahiti, with its name meaning “yellow lizard”? (Mo’orea) 14. Which lake (known also as Tso Ngonpo in Tibetan and as Kokonor in Mongolian), is the largest lake in China? (Qinghai Lake) 15. Which lake is one of the most popular lakes that travelers to Tibet visit, located 3.5 hours north of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet? (Nam Tso) 16. Chola Mountains, which are close to the cities ofYushu andGolmud are in what country? (China) 17. After Norway, which country is the world's largest producer of farmed salmon, which are grown in podlike cages anchored offshore in Las Guaitecas National Reserve near the Northern Ice Field? (Chile) 18. Bernardo O'Higgins National Park is the largest of the protected areas in what country that is home to the southernmost point in South America? (Chile) 19. A Lion-fish hybrid known as a Merlion is the mascot of what Asian City-State? (Singapore) 20. The Cardamom Mountains stretch across the border of what two Asian countries? (Thailand and Cambodia) 21. Which city is bordered by the Qaiwan Range in the northeast, Baranan Mountain in the south and the Tasluja Hills in the west and served as the capital of the historic Kurdish principality of Baban from 1784 to 1850? (Sulaymaniyah in northeastern Iraq) 22. The Perito Moreno Glacier is located in what South American country? (Patagonia region of Argentina) 23. Which Pakistani city was once called Loharpur, the city of the Lohar Dynasty? (Lahore) 24. In the Kalahari Desert, ring shaped patches of grass are commonly known by what name? (fairy circles) 25. At which site in Tanzania pioneered by Jane Goodall are only about a hundred chimpanzees left, now surrounded by humans? (Gombe Stream National Park)

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.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

GeoBee Fact File - January, 2015


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Country flags by continent (from  mapsoftheworld.com)


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Map of popular cuisines by state...



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/14/most-popular-cuisine-state_n_6457252.html


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Ball's Pyramid (From Atlas Obscura)




CONTRIBUTOR: Dylan (Admin)

The remnants of a massive volcano, Ball's Pyramid juts 1,843 feet out of the Pacific Ocean. Discovered in 1788, the barren, rocky spire was thought to be devoid of life until 2001 when a group of scientists discovered what may be the world's rarest insect.
The Lord Howe Island stick insect (Dryococelus australis) had not been seen alive in over 70 years. Known as "land lobsters" or "walking sausages," the six-inch long insects were once common on the neighboring Lord Howe Island, but were assumed to have been eaten into extinction by the black rats introduced to the island when a supply ship ran aground on its shores in 1918.
Yet in 2001, the scientists found a colony of the huge Lord Howe Island stick insects living under a single bush, a hundred feet up the otherwise entirely infertile rock. Somehow a few of the wingless insects escaped and managed--by means still unknown--to traverse over 14 miles of open ocean, land on Ball's Pyramid, and survive there. Just 27 of the insects have been found on the rocky spire. They are currently being bred in captivity.

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GeoBee News of the Day - January, 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.

Also, click on the posted links  and follow the  news all around the world!
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From NPR

India Grows, Canada Disappears: Mapping Countries By Population

Can you find Australia and Canada? The cartogram, made by Reddit user TeaDranks, scales each country's geographic area by its population. (Click through to see the high-resolution map.)
Can you find Australia and Canada? The cartogram, made by Reddit user TeaDranks, scales each country's geographic area by its population. (Click through to see the high-resolution map.)
TeaDranks/via Imgur
World maps distort — it's inherent in their design.
Take a spherical object (the Earth) and try to represent it on a flat plane (paper), and some parts of the sphere are going to get stretched. On most maps, Canada and Russia get puffed up, while countries along the equator get shrunk.
Every now and then, though, you stumble across a map that enlightens.
A look back in time: This cartogram resizes each country by its population in 2005.i

A look back in time: This cartogram resizes each country by its population in 2005.
Paul Breding



That's how we felt when we saw the awesome map made by Reddit user TeaDranks. The map resizes countries based on their population. It's simple: Each square represents 500,000 people.
"Wikipedia was my source," TeaDranks wrote. "I was inspired by this map which is now ten years old. My map's scale is twice as large as the old one's."
The older version of the graphic was made in 2005 by the cartographer Paul Breding. You can buy a copy of that map on Amazon.

But to be more accurate, both maps aren't actually maps, they're cartograms — graphics that scale a region's geographic space according to a particular attribute.
In the case of TeaDranks' cartogram, the attribute is population. A quick look at it, and a few ideas pop out:

    • India has almost caught up with China as being the most populous country in the world.
    • Nigeria quickly has become Africa's population hub, with more than twice as many people as any other country on the continent.
    • Cities like Delhi, India, and Shanghai, China, have more people than some European countries.
    • The U.S. makes up less than 5 percent of the world's population.
    The website Worldmapper has hundreds of cartograms, showing countries sized by everything from the number of books published or tractors working to condom use by men or woman.
    "One neat thing about this one [TeaDranks' cartogram] is that unlike with some cartograms, the basic shapes of the countries are very recognizable," Vox's Matthew Yglesias points out.
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    Proposed Nicaragua Canal



    The Nicaragua Canal (also referred to as the Nicaragua Grand Canal, or the Nicaragua Interoceanic Grand Canal) is a shipping route under construction through Nicaragua to connect the Caribbean Sea (and therefore the Atlantic Ocean) with the Pacific Ocean. Construction of such a shipping route—using the San Juan River as an access route to Lake Nicaragua—was first proposed in the early colonial era.
    The above proposed route leads from port at or near Bluefields in the Caribbean Sea to Morrito, a small town located on the eastern shore of Lake Nicaragua. From Morrito, ships would continue westward across Lake Nicaragua to a port near the town of La Virgen in the Department of Rivas. At that point, ships would enter a manmade canal and navigate 18–24 kilometers across the isthmus of Rivas to reach Brito, a port on the Pacific Ocean in the Department of Rivas.
    Because the steady increase in world shipping may make it an economically viable project, speculation on a new shipping route has continued. In June 2013, Nicaragua's National Assembly approved a bill to grant a 50-year concession to the Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Company (HKND Group) to build the waterway.

    The concession can be extended for another 50 years once the waterway is operational.[8] Construction of the canal, estimated to cost $40 to $50 billion, began in December 2014, with completion due within five years.

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    Where and what time New Year 2015 is celebrated around the World.
    New Year's Time Zones around the World- 24 hour format.
    Please choose TIME MODE:24 hours or 12 hours

    Links with Interactive Time Map below helps you to see the arrival of 
    New Year 2015 in relation to selected worldwide locations- 24 hour format.
    Please choose TIME MODE:24 hours or 12 hours (AM/PM)
    TIME ZONE OFFSET
    as of 12/2014



    http://www.worldtimezone.com/newyear24.html


    01. FIRST to enter New Year 2015
    When it is midnight in Samoa (Apia) or Kiritimati, what time is it in other locations around the world ?
    Click on the location link to find out!
    UTC+14
    For example when Samoa(Apia) (UTC+14) enters the New Year at midnight Dec 31, 2014 (New Year 2015), the local time in New York is 05am (morning) Dec 31, 2014, local time in London is 10am and local time in Sydney is 09pm (21:00) Dec 31, 2014.
    02. SECOND to enter New Year 2015
    UTC+13:45
    03. THIRD to enter New Year 2015
    New Zealand- Wellington, Tokelau, Fiji, Tonga, Antarctica-South Pole, McMurdo, Skott stations; Kiribati- Phoenix Islands;
    UTC+13
    04. Russia- Chukotka, Kamchatka; Nauru, Tuvalu, Marshall Isl., Wallis and Futuna, Kiribati- Tarawa
    UTC+12
    UTC+11:30
    06. Australia- Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart; Solomon Isl., New Caledonia, Micronesia- Pohnpei, Vanuatu; Bougainville  (Papua New Guinea) ; Russia- Srednekolymsk  ;
    UTC+11
    UTC+10:30
    08. Russia- Vladivostok , Khabarovsk, Magadan, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Yuzhno-Kurilsk, Birobidzhan, Komsomolsk-na-Amure ; Guam; Australia- Brisbane; Papua New Guinea, Northern Mariana Isl.
    UTC+10
    UTC+09:30
    10. Japan- Tokyo, South Korea, North Korea; Russia- Yakutsk, Blagoveschensk, Mirnyi, Tiksi ; Palau, Indonesia- Jayapura, Ambon; East Timor, more ...
    UTC+09
    UTC+08:45
    12. China- Beijing, Shanghai, Macau, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia-Bali, Mongolia, Brunei Darussalam, Russia-Irkutsk , Chita, Bratsk, Ulan-Ude ; Australia- Perth, more ...
    UTC+08
    13. Thailand- Bangkok, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia- Java, Sumatra; Australia- Christmas Isl., Russia-Krasnoyarsk , Kemerovo, Abakan, Kyzyl ;
    UTC+07
    14. Myanmar (Burma)- Yangon, Cocos Island (Keeling Islands - Australia)
    UTC+06:30
    15. Russia- Novosibirsk , Omsk, Tomsk, Barnaul ; Bangladesh- Dhaka; Bhutan; British Indian Ocean Territory- Chagos- Diego Garcia, Kazakhstan- Almaty, Astana, Kyrgystan
    UTC+06
    UTC+05:45
    17. India- New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata; Sri Lanka
    UTC+05:30
    18. Russia- Yekaterinburg , Chelyabinsk, Perm, Ufa, Kurgan, Orengurg, Tyumen ; Pakistan- Islamabad, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan-Aqtau, Aqtobe, Maldives, Kerguelen Isl.(Fr.)
    UTC+05
    UTC+04:30
    20. United Arab Emirates- Dubai; Russia- Samara, Izhevsk; Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Seychelles, Reunion- France, Oman, Mauritius
    UTC+04
    21. Iran- Tehran, Isfahan
    UTC+03:30
    22. Russia- Moscow , St.Petersburg, Novgorod, Volgograd, Sevastopol ; Iraq- Baghdad; Belarus- Minsk ; Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Yemen, Qatar, Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Comoros, Uganda, more ...
    UTC+03
    23. Ukraine- Kiev; Russia- Kaliningrad ; Jordan, Greece, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Israel, Gaza Strip, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, Turkey, Libya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Rwanda, Namibia, Mozambique more ...
    UTC+02
    24. France-Paris, Germany, Serbia, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Malta, Monaco, Sweden, Switzerland, Gibraltar, Czech Republic, Denmark, Algeria, Angola, Austria, Belgium, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Croatia, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Vatican City, more ...
    UTC+01
    25. United Kingdom-London, Portugal, Ireland, Iceland, Canary Isl., Morocco, Cote d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Saint Helena, Western Sahara, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, more ...
    UTC
    26. Cape Verde- Praia, Azores (Port.), Greenland- Ittoqqortoormiit
    UTC-01
    27. Brazil- Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazilia; Fernando de Noronha; Uruguay, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
    UTC-02
    28. Chile-Santiago, Argentina- Buenos Aires, Ushuaia; Brazil- Recife; Salvador-Brazil; Paraguay, Suriname, French Guiana, Greenland- Nuuk, U.K.- Falkland Isl.
    UTC-03
    UTC-03:30
    30. Canada - Nova Scotia (Halifax), New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island; Barbados, Bermuda (U.K.), Netherlands Antilles, Saint Lucia, Grenada, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico, Manaus- Brazil, Bolivia, more ...
    UTC-04

    UTC-04:30
    32. USA- New York, Washington D.C., Miami, Boston, Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Virginia Beach; Canada- Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec; Cuba-Havana, Peru; Acre-Brazil ; Colombia, Bahamas, Jamaica, Ecuador, Panama, more ...
    UTC-05
    33. USA- Chicago, New Orleans, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Oklahoma City, Houston, Dallas, Milwaukee; Canada- Winnipeg, Regina; Mexico- Mexico City, Acapulco, Veracruz; Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Belize, Costa Rica, more ...
    UTC-06
    34. USA- Denver, Albuquerque, El Paso, Salt Lake City, Santa Fe, Phoenix, Tucson; Canada- Calgary, Edmonton, Aklavik, Yellowknife; Mexico- Chihuahua, Mazatlan, more ...
    UTC-07
    35. USA- Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, San Jose, Las Vegas, Portland-OR; Canada- Vancouver, Whitehorse; Mexico- Tijuana, Mexicali; U.K. - Pitcairn
    UTC-08
    36. USA- Anchorage, Fairbanks, Nome, Unalaska, Juneau; French Polynesia- Gambier Islands
    UTC-09
    UTC-09:30
    38. USA- Hawaii (Honolulu), Adak-Aleutian Isl.; Cook Islands (Rarotonga), French Polynesia-Tahiti (Papeete)
    UTC-10
    39. LAST to enter New Year 2015
    American Samoa- Pago Pago, Niue (Alofi), Midway Islands, Jarvis Isl., Kingman Reef, Palmyra Atoll
    UTC-11

    Monday, December 1, 2014

    GeoBee Fact File - December, 2014

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    GeoBee News of the Day - December, 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.
    Also, click on the links below and follow the  news all around the world!
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    Typhoon Hagupit makes landfall in eastern Samar near city of Dolores, CNN meteorologist reports



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    2014 Nobel Week Begins
    This year's Nobel Week begins with a press conference for media in the Nobel Museum in Stockholm. On this day, the Nobel Laureates arrive in Stockholm for an eventful week, including meetings, dinners and lectures, all ending up with the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony and Banquet.

    For full details, go to http://www.nobelprize.org/index.html

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    (From Yahoo Finance)
    It’s official: America is now No. 2
     By Brett Arends
    7 hours ago



















    A Chinese national flag flutters in front of the headquarters of the People's Bank of China, 
    China's central bank, in central Beijing, May 16, 2014. 

    Hang on to your hats, America.

    And throw away that big, fat styrofoam finger while you’re about it.
    There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just say it: We’re no longer No. 1. Today, we’re No. 2. Yes, it’s official. The Chinese economy just overtook the United States economy to become the largest in the world. For the first time since Ulysses S. Grant was president, America is not the leading economic power on the planet.
    It just happened — and almost nobody noticed.
    The International Monetary Fund recently released the latest numbers for the world economy. And when you measure national economic output in “real” terms of goods and services, China will this year produce $17.6 trillion — compared with $17.4 trillion for the U.S.A.
    As recently as 2000, we produced nearly three times as much as the Chinese.
    To put the numbers slightly differently, China now accounts for 16.5% of the global economy when measured in real purchasing-power terms, compared with 16.3% for the U.S.
    This latest economic earthquake follows the development last year when China surpassed the U.S. for the first time in terms of global trade.
    I first reported on this looming development over two years ago, but the moment came sooner than I or anyone else had predicted. China’s recent decision to bring gross domestic product calculations in line with international standards has revealed activity that had previously gone uncounted.
    These calculations are based on a well-established and widely used economic measure known as purchasing-power parity (or PPP), which measures the actual output as opposed to fluctuations in exchange rates. So a Starbucks venti Frappucino served in Beijing counts the same as a venti Frappucino served in Minneapolis, regardless of what happens to be going on among foreign-exchange traders.
    PPP is the real way of comparing economies. It is one reported by the IMF and was, for example, the one used by McKinsey & Co. consultants back in the 1990s when they undertook a study of economic productivity on behalf of the British government.

    Sunday, November 2, 2014

    2014 Country Capsule Assignment - AFRICA

    2014 Country Capsule Assignment - ASIA

    2014 Country Capsule Assignment - EUROPE