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(Facts submitted by Karan Menon) 1. Tafuna is the largest village in American Samoa and it is on the island of Tutuila. It is a mile away from the Pago Pago International Airport. 2. Phuntsholing is the 2nd largest city in Bhutan and it is the administrative center of the Chukha District. It is located near the border with India and is opposite from the town of Jaigaon, in West Bengal. 3. Nasinu is now the largest city in Fiji and it is on the island of Viti Levu and it is home to the Fiji National University. 4. Lei Yue Mun is a small channel in Hong Kong that separates Kowloon on the Chinese mainland from Hong Kong Island. It connects Victoria Harbour to Junk Bay and it is an important passage in the South China Sea. 5. Johor Bahru is the 2nd largest city in Malaysia and it is the southernmost city in mainland Eurasia. It is the capital of the Johor province and is located on the straits of Johor, which separate Malaysia from Singapore. 6. Nouadhibou, formerly known as Port-Etienne, is the second largest city in Mauritania and it is located on the cape Ras Nouadhibou, also known as Cap Blanc or Cabo Blanc. This cape is shared with Morocco. 7. Nonthaburi is the 2nd largest city in Thailand and it is situated near the mouth of the Chao Phraya River and faces the Gulf of Thailand. 8. The Kapuas River is a river on the island of Borneo(Indonesian part) and it is the longest river in Indonesia. It originates in the Muller Mountain Range in the center of the island and flows into the South China Sea at a delta near Pontianak, the capital of the West Kalimantan Province. 9. The Orkhon River is the longest river entirely within Mongolia. It rises in the Khangai Mountains and flows northwards to empty into the Selenge, which flows north into Lake Baikal. The Tuul River, which flows through Ulaanbataar, is a tributary of this river. 10. Gulu is the second largest city in Uganda and it is in the northern part of the country in the Gulu District. It is mainly populated by the Acholi People. 11. The Baganda People form the largest ethnic group in Uganda. They live in the subnational kingdom of Buganda, which includes the capital, Kampala. They are a Bantu ethnic group and speak the Luganda language. 12. Hay River is the second largest city in Canada’s Northwest Territories and it is on the south shore of the Great Slave Lake, at the mouth of the Hay River. 13. The Onyx River is the longest river in Antarctica and it originates from Lake Brownworth in Victoria Land and flows through the Wright Valley and empties into Lake Vanda, a hypersaline lake even more saltier than the Dead Sea. 14. Don Juan Pond is a small and very shallow hypersaline lake in the western part of the Wright Valley in the Victoria Land of Antarctica. It is the saltiest lake in the world and it is near the Asgard Ranges. 15. Deception Island is an island in the South Shetland Islands Archipelago off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. The island contains a caldera of an active volcano which has been submerged forming a bay, Port Foster, one of Antarctica’s safest harbors. 16. Laguna de Bay is the largest lake in the Philippines and it is on the island of Luzon. It is home to the Talim Island. The Pasig River, which bisects Manila, flows from this lake to Manila Bay. 17. Narayanganj is the 4th largest city in Bangladesh and it is located in the Dhaka Division. It is nicknamed , “The Dundee of Bangladesh” because of its large number of jute mills. Narayanganj, is on the banks of the Shitalakshya River, a distributary of the Brahmaputra that flows into the Dhaleshwari, a tributary of the Meghna 18. Andros is the largest island by area in the Bahamas and its largest city is Andros Town. The Tongue of the Ocean is a deep oceanic trench in the Bahamas separating Andros from New Providence Island. 19. Although, Honiara, the capital and largest city of the Solomon Islands is located on Guadalcanal, the largest island by area in this archipelagic country, the most populous island is Malaita. The island is separated from Guadalcanal and the Florida Islands by the Indispensable Strait. The highest point on the island is Mt. Kalourat and the island’s largest city is Auki, a city on the northern end of the Langa Langa Lagoon. 20. Lahore, the 2nd largest city in Pakistan is on the eastern banks of the Ravi River, a tributary of the Chenab, which merges with the Sutlej to form the Panjnad, a tributary of the Indus. Minar-e-Pakistan is a monumental tower in the Iqbal Park of Lahore. 21. Zitny Ostrov is a large river island in Slovakia lying between the Danube River, its distributary the Little Danube, and the Vah River, the longest river in Slovakia. The largest town on the island is Kormarno, which is at the confluence of the Vah and Danube Rivers. 22. Ramree Island is the largest island by area in Myanmar and it is in the state of Rakhine. The largest city on the island is Ramree. 23. The Amundsen Sea is an arm of the Southern Ocean off the coast of Marie Byrd Land. It is between Cape Flying Fish on Thurston Island(The 3rd largest Antarctic island, separated from the mainland by the Peacock Sound) and Cape Dart on Siple Island. 24. The Kara Strait separates Novaya Zemlya from Vaygach Island and connects the Kara Sea with the Barents Sea. 25. Khan Tengri is the highest point of Kazakhstan and it is in the Tian Shan Range, at the tripoint between Kyrgyzstan , China, and Kazakhstan. It is the second highest mountain in the Tian Shan after Jengish Chokusu(Pobeda Peak), on the Kyrgyzstan-China border and it is the highest point in Kyrgyzstan.

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.