Do you know?

Do you know? (Submitted by Sathvik Rayala)

(USA) Cape Coral is located on the Caloosahatchee River and has more canals than any other city in the world. This city is considered as a twin city of Fort Myers in which US state? What lake located in Volusia and Putnam counties is the second largest lake in Florida, after Lake Okeechobee? Lake Lanier which was made by the Budford Dam is located on the Chattahoochee River in which state? Contrary to popular belief, which state receives maximum sunshine on an annual average basis? The Balcones Fault Zone is a tensional structural system located in which US state home to the Double Mountains and the city of Tyler? Black Mesa is the highest point in which US state that is home to Lake Eufaula, a lake located south of Arrow? The Moreau River is a tributary of the Missouri River in which state that contains the cities of Oahe and Mitchell? The Smoky Hills are located in Nebraska and which other state home to Turtle Creek Lake? Chequamegon Bay which is an inlet of Lake Superior is located in which state home the Apostle Islands? Mount Ritter is located in the Ansel Adams Wilderness in which US state that contains Point Reyes National Seashore? The Colts are a football team from which Midwest City that is located on the White River? The Eagles are a football team from which Northeastern city at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers? The Cardinals are a football team from which Southwestern city near the confluence of the Salt and Gila Rivers? The Lions are a football team from which state home to Saginaw Bay and the city of Flint? What are the only two states that are bordered by 8 states? The Red Desert is a high altitude desert in which state home to the Wind River Range and the city of Sheridon? What mountain range has Clark Peak as its highest point and is located in both Colorado and Wyoming? The Hot Creek Range is a volcanic mountain range in Nye County, in the central portion of which state? The shorter Colorado River originates south of Lubbock in Texas and ends up in what Bay of Gulf of Mexico? What is the least populous of the 4 Corner states (Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico)? Block Island Sound is a strait separating Block Island from which US state containing the cities of Warwick and Westerly? What is the most populous city in Tennessee? What river rising in the Edwards Plateau has a name which means nuts in Spanish? Tussey Mountains are located in the central portion of which US state that contains the city of Bethlehem? Presque Island is located in Lake Erie near which major port city in Pennsylvania? Mille Lacs Lake is the second largest inland lake after Red Lake in which state that borders Wisconsin? Which state's flag is different on both sides? Portsmouth which is drained by Sagamore Creek and the Piscataqua River lies in which state that contains the city of Manchester? As Louisiana is to Bayou state, what is to Sunset state? What island belonging to the US is located between Hispaniola and Puerto Rico and is situated on a passage of the same name? (Answers) Cape Coral is located on the Caloosahatchee River and has more canals than any other city in the world. This city is considered as a twin city of Fort Myers in which US state? (Florida) What lake located in Volusia and Putnam counties is the second largest lake in Florida, after Lake Okeechobee? (Lake George) Lake Lanier which was made by the Budford Dam is located on the Chattahoochee River in which state? (Georgia) Contrary to popular belief, which state receives maximum sunshine on an annual average basis? (Arizona) The Balcones Fault Zone is a tensional structural system located in which US state home to the Double Mountains and the city of Tyler? (Texas) Black Mesa is the highest point in which US state that is home to Lake Eufaula, a lake located south of Arrow? (Oklahoma) The Moreau River is a tributary of the Missouri River in which state that contains the cities of Oahe and Mitchell? (South Dakota) The Smoky Hills are located in Nebraska and which other state home to Turtle Creek Lake? (Kansas) Chequamegon Bay which is an inlet of Lake Superior is located in which state home the Apostle Islands? (Wisconsin) Mount Ritter is located in the Ansel Adams Wilderness in which US state that contains Point Reyes National Seashore? (California) The Colts are a football team from which Midwest City that is located on the White River? (Indianapolis) The Eagles are a football team from which Northeastern city at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers? (Philadelphia) The Cardinals are a football team from which Southwestern city near the confluence of the Salt and Gila Rivers? (Phoenix) The Lions are a football team from which state home to Saginaw Bay and the city of Flint? (Michigan) What are the only two states that are bordered by 8 states? (Missouri and Tennessee) The Red Desert is a high altitude desert in which state home to the Wind River Range and the city of Sheridon? (Wyoming) What mountain range has Clark Peak as its highest point and is located in both Colorado and Wyoming? (Medicine Bow Mountains) The Hot Creek Range is a volcanic mountain range in Nye County, in the central portion of which state? (Nevada) The shorter Colorado River originates south of Lubbock in Texas and ends up in what Bay of Gulf of Mexico? (Matagorda Bay) What is the least populous of the 4 Corner states (Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico)? (New Mexico) Block Island Sound is a strait separating Block Island from which US state containing the cities of Warwick and Westerly? (Rhode Island) What is the most populous city in Tennessee? (Memphis) What river rising in the Edwards Plateau has a name which means nuts in Spanish? (Nueces River) Tussey Mountains are located in the central portion of which US state that contains the city of Bethlehem? (Pennsylvania) Presque Island is located in Lake Erie near which major port city in Pennsylvania? (Erie) Mille Lacs Lake is the second largest inland lake after Red Lake in which state that borders Wisconsin? (Minnesota) Which state's flag is different on both sides? (Oregon) Portsmouth which is drained by Sagamore Creek and the Piscataqua River lies in which state that contains the city of Manchester? (New Hampshire) As Louisiana is to Bayou state, what is to Sunset state? (Oregon) What island belonging to the US is located between Hispaniola and Puerto Rico and is situated on a passage of the same name? (Mona Island)

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.

Friday, June 26, 2015

2015 Summer Assignment - Week 2 - USA

(June 29 to July 5, 2015)
Post new facts as you learn them - Avoid posting previously published facts from this blog.



http://www.infoplease.com/states.html

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Monday, June 1, 2015

GeoBee Fact File - June, 2015 & Summer Assignment - Week 1 - Africa

Read the posted information to expand your body of knowledge and make a note of facts that are not familiar to you.  Post those facts and others from different sources that are new to you in this section in a statement or a Q/A format.  Ensure that all posts are accurate and are properly worded.
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How Indian words have travelled (and became global)...

https://www.thinglink.com/scene/668391258422509568

Read the fascinating article and follow not only the routes but also the roots!
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GeoBee News of the Day - June, 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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Iran's homegrown treasure: the spice that costs more than gold

By Kieron Monks
Mon June 29, 2015


(CNN) It is the most expensive and sought after spice in the world, commonly known as red gold. 
At $65 per gram for the highest quality crop, Saffron can actually cost even more than the precious metal. Its value has been kept permanently high by labor-intensive harvesting methods that require around 200,000 delicate red strands to be hand-picked from 70,000 Crocus Sativaflowers for each pound.
The undisputed capital for saffron production is Iran, where the tradition dates back over 3,000 years. The country produces over 90% of the 250 tons produced worldwide each year, boosted by unique ecological conditions that deliver a strong-flavored, aromatic crop that is a staple of local cuisine, cosmetics and traditional medicine. 
But business has been made harder for traders in recent years. The international sanctions implemented over the country's nuclear program have blocked access to the previously lucrative markets of Europe, the USA and Canada. Iranian companies and banks have been locked out of the global financial system.

But despite the difficulties, Rowhani has been able to maintain exports of 50 kilograms a month by reorienting his business to new markets in the Gulf and Middle East. Across the Iranian saffron industry as a whole, exports rose by 36% in 2014, according to Iran's National Saffron Council, and the price per kilo has risen slightly to around $2,000 per kilo.


"Traders are very clever and when a door is closed they go through the window," says Ali Sheikh, the London representative of Iran Hassos Ltd, and a founding member of the British Iranian Chamber of Commerce. "None of the traditional items (including pistachios and saffron) remain unsold. The demand is greater than supply."
Despite losing over $7 million a year in sales to the UK, Iran Hassos Ltd maintained a turnover of $48 million in 2014, similar to the pre-sanctions level, says Sheikh. 


Picking saffron in Afghanistan, where the industry is growing rapidly.
Picking saffron in Afghanistan, where the industry is growing rapidly. 
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Park visitor unearths 8.52-carat diamond in Arkansas

(From CNN)

(CNN) A glistening, white diamond half the size of a quarter was discovered at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park on Wednesday, park officials said. Shaped like an icicle, the 8.25-carat gem is the fifth-largest diamond found by a visitor to the state park since the site was established in 1972.
The search area at the Crater of Diamonds, where visitors can hunt for gems, is one the world's only diamond-producing sites that is open to the public. The park exercises a "finders keepers" policy.
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(From The Hindu) 
Rare sculptures discovered at Hampi

Sculpture of Rama and Lakshmana at Gandha Madhana hill at Hampi. Photo: T.M. Keshav-

It was a trek up Gandha Madana hill that led to T.M. Keshava, former Superintending Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), and his team discovering some rare rock sculptures at Hampi.
They found sculptures of Vishnu, in the form of ‘Dhanwantri’, sculpted on the cliff of a gigantic boulder. Adjacent to it was the sculpture of Rama, in a shooting pose, along with Lakshmana, all in royal attire, with Hanuman in the background. 
Next to the sculptures was a sheltered rock cave, with a structural entrance bearing a huge multi-hooded snake, with a dagger vertically above the hood and the symbol of the sun and moon on either side. 
Date back to Vijayanagar period
These sculptures were found buried behind thick vegetation. “The findings might date back to the earlier Vijayanagar period,” says Mr. Keshava, who has done extensive studies on Hampi excavations..
“The face and crown of the Vishnu sculpture looks to be that of the ‘Amruta Kalasa’. The sculpture of Dhanwantri Vishnu, with Sridevi and Bhoodevi on either side, holding ‘Shankha’ and ‘chakra’ in his hands. This is the first time such sculptures have been found,” he says.
If you look south of the cave, you see an east-facing Nandi sculpted on a boulder. 
The inner side of the mahamantap is filled with sand and debris, and one has to crawl in to gain access. In front of the rock-cut Shiva temple, is the remains of a ‘Garuda’ pillar. “It appears that the whole composition was an important complex during the Vijayanagar period. Further exploration of the area may unravel unknown stages of the Vijayanagar architectural history,” he says.
Conservation
When contacted, N.C. Prakash Nayakanda, Deputy Superintending Archaeologist, ASI Hampi Mini Circle, said: “There are many things that are still unexplored in Hampi. We will visit the spot where the rock sculptures were found, carry out an inspection and take photographs to maintain a record, besides initiating suitable steps for its conservation.” 
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(From CNN)
Wreck of 18th century slave ship discovered


(CNN)Archaeologists and divers from across continents believe they have struck history gold, confirming the first ever discovery of a sunken slave ship.
The Sao Jose-Paquete de Africa, a Portuguese slave ship, sank off Cape Town on its way from Mozambique to Brazil in 1794, while carrying more than 500 slaves. The ship's crew and almost half of those enslaved drowned in the violent waves. It is believed that the surviving slaves were resold in the Western Cape.
So far, only a few remnants have been retrieved from the wreck site, a turbulent spot located between two reefs.
The Slave Wrecks Project, founded in 2008, uncovered shackles, an iron ballast which helped weigh down a ship that carrying human cargo and a wooden pulley block. Iziko Museums of South Africa are expected to formally announce the breakthrough in Cape Town on Monday.
"The Sao Jose slave shipwreck site reverberates with historical significance and represents an addition to our underwater heritage that has the potential to advance knowledge and understanding of slavery, not only at the Cape but on a global level," said Rooksana Omar, CEO of Iziko Museums, in a statement.
The findings are especially poignant because a slave-carrying vessel has never been discovered before, said Lonnie Bunch, Founding Director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in a statement.
    "The Sao Jose is all the more significant because it represents one of the earliest attempts to bring East Africans into the trans-Atlantic slave trade -- a shift that played a major role in prolonging that tragic trade for decades," said Bunch.
    Treasure hunters were the first to expose the ship, but they inaccurately recorded it as a Dutch vessel. Between 2010 and 2011, Iziko Museum archaeologist Jaco Boshoff discovered an account of the wreck lodged by the captain of the ship, which rekindled interest in the site. From investigations beginning last year, a document was also found which noted the sale of a slave by a local sheikh to the captain prior to its departure.
    An exhibition entitled "Slavery and Freedom" will open at the African American History and Culture Museum in the fall of 2016, with the findings on loan to the museum for 10 years.

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    Hail to the Winners...

    Karan Menon (NJ) – 2015 National Champion
    Shriya Yarlagadda (MI) – 2015 National Runner-up

    For the second year in a row,  the top two spots are taken by folks from my coaching circle – Last year, it was Akhil Rekulapelli (VA) and Ameya Mujumdar (FL)!

    Grace Rembert (MT), Rishi Nair (FL), Rohan Kanchana (DE) and Arnav Patra (NY) have all finished in top 20 spots (out of a total of 54 contestants)!

    Feel free to leave your message of congratulations in the comments section below!!!

    Photograph by Rebecca Drobis, National Geographic
    Karan Menon, 14, from New Jersey is the 2015 National Geographic Bee champion.



    Karan, Shriya and Soledad O'Brien (Host)

    This year's top 3 with last year's #1 (Akhil Rekulapelli, from Ashburn, VA)

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    Tuesday, May 5, 2015

    D.C. Bound and at NG...

    (From the National Geographic Society)

    ADVISORY: 10 Students Qualify for 2015 National Geographic Bee Championship Round, May 13

    Round Will Air on Friday, May 15, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic Channel and on Wednesday, May 20, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD

    May 11, 2015


    The 10 finalists are:
    • Kapil Nathan — Alabama
    • Sojas Wagle — Arkansas
    • Nicholas Monahan — Idaho
    • Patrick Taylor — Iowa
    • Abhinav Karthikeyan — Maryland
    • Lucy Chae — Massachusetts
    • Shriya Yarlagadda — Michigan
    • Shreyas Varathan — Minnesota
    • Karan Menon — New Jersey
    • Tejas Badgujar — Pennsylvania
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    2015 Contestants for the National Championship
    (Sunday, May 10th, 2015)


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    Leave a message of support/encouragement/advice to your fellow members of my coaching circle in the comments section below!
    The national competition begins on Monday, May 11th and ends on Wednesday, May 13th.


    Friday, May 1, 2015

    GeoBee Fact File - May, 2015

    Read the posted information to expand your body of knowledge and make a note of facts that are not familiar to you.  Post those facts and others from different sources that are new to you in this section in a statement or a Q/A format.  Ensure that all posts are accurate and are properly worded.
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    (From CNN)

    New dinosaur...Yi qi (meaning strange wing in Chinese)

    (Artist's rendering of Yi qi)

    (CNN)Chinese scientists say they have discovered a new dinosaur species, with bat-like wings, that sheds light on how dinosaurs may have evolved into birds.
    Based on a fossil specimen discovered in China's Hebei province a decade ago, scientists estimate the bird-like dinosaur existed for a very short time 160 million years ago during the Jurassic Period, according to a new paper published in scientific journal Nature on Wednesday. 
    The flying creature weighed about 230 grams and was 63 centimeters in length.
    Xu Xing, a paleontologist with China's Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, and lead author of the report, told CNN the dinosaur's fossilized remains highlighted the complexity of evolution.
    Named Yi qi, or "strange wing" in Chinese, Xu said it was one of the earliest dinosaurs to show some capacity for flight -- even though it wasn't very successful.

    Unlike other bird-like dinosaurs, its wings were made from membranes -- like a bat -- rather than composed of feathers. 
      It didn't become the birds we see today -- it tried but failed.
      "It's a failed experiment, it's an evolutionary dead end," Xu said.
      "Over the last 30 years, there were so many discoveries made that demonstrate birds are really descendants of dinosaurs," he said. 
      "It's a great example showing how dinosaurs evolved into birds."
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