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IraqHow did the Nazis use geopolitics?How geologically active is Japan?Who designed and planned the capital of Brazil?How did Australia get its name?What country is crossed by both the equator and a Tropic?PEOPLE, COUNTRIES, AND CITIESWhat is the Oglala Aquifer?EcuadorWhat was East Timor?Where is the longest fjord?Where is the Kalahari Desert?How did North and South Korea come to be?Where is Acadiana?How do the people on the tiny islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean go shopping?New ZealandWhat do the Cumberland Road and Cumberland Gap have to do with each other?Has the Mediterranean Sea always been there?Where was East Pakistan?Which country lies completely within South Africa?What is a UNESCO World Heritage Site?Is Singapore a city or a country?How did the Inca civilization experiment with climate?How many Native American tribes are there in the United States?FLOODS Where can I buy maps?What is Melanesia?What is the highest point in the world?Guinea-BissauHondurasWhat is the official neckwear of Arizona?THE NEW WORLDWhat is a subcontinent?What is the difference between a country and a nation?Is Mt. Everest growing taller?What is the actual name of Bogotá?Are there tornadoes in Europe?Why was there a Russian outpost in California?NORTH AND CENTRAL AMERICATrinidad and TobagoWhat should I do in the event of an earthquake?Why was Eisenhower a fan of interstate highways?What is a theocracy?BulgariaSudanGuineaHow did a map help stop the spread of cholera?How many desalination plants are there?What two countries emerged from Czechoslovakia?But what if I can't find the map I'm looking for?Which country has the lowest maximum elevation in the world?What's the big red rock in the middle of Australia?Was the flooding of the Nile predictable before dams were built?In which direction does the west wind blow?Do all roads really lead to Rome?What is a census?What is a desert?What is the Mercalli scale?Who was Kublai Khan?How many countries end in the suffix "stan"?What were Marco Polo's contributions to exploration?FranceHow many oceans are there?What is a meander?QatarWhen did the Chinese Empire begin naval exploration?How can I learn more about disasters in my town?Why do we have Daylight Saving Time?How many state names end in the letter "a"?Does the Earth spin at a constant rate?What is the Richter scale?Where does the name El Niño come from?Why was computing longitude so difficult?Why don't Americans eat horse meat?What are the five smallest states?How fast does the Earth spin?How do you drive to the island country of Bahrain?THE WORLD ECONOMY How did the Ukraine help feed the Soviet Union?What was the first airplane flown?How much of the ozone layer is being depleted?How many Near Earth Objects is NASA tracking?Where is the world's second-highest mountain?Where are the Highlands?How does the boiling point of water help determine altitude?What were some of the most destructive tornadoes in U.S. history?How salty is sea water?CITIES AND COUNTIES How many people in the world are classified as urban dwellers?Who was Muhammed?What are the five largest states?What is acid rain?PHYSICAL FEATURES AND RESOURCES Where is the oldest church in the Americas?What is a desalination plant?ASTEROIDS AND NEAR EARTH OBJECTS What is Randstad?Which African country is the world's leading producer of cocoa beans?PRECIPITATION TaiwanWho owns Antarctica?What city is known as the Earthquake City?What are the four main islands that make up Japan?ChinaWhy do mosques have domes?Where is the equator?LANDSCAPES AND ECOSYSTEMS What is the world's most densely populated island?TurkeyJapanMODERN MAPPING EstoniaWhat is a willy-willy?How many indigenous people live in the Arctic?How much money have U.S. taxpayers spent on the war in Iraq?LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE MalawiWhat two cities make up Budapest?Were the Romans the only civilization to develop water resources in an advanced way?How do maquiladoras help clothe the United States?BeninWhy is it more likely to rain in a city during the week than on the weekend?What is the highest point in the United States?Is it possible to drive across Russia?What is an urban area?Why do some cultures kill infants?How big is the area of the North Pole ice region?What are the most heavily urbanized countries in South America?Why did Peru and Ecuador fight two wars in the twentieth century?What cities have the most crime in the United States?LesothoWhat is a good way to learn where places are?Where is the third world?What are the sources of air pollution?WESTERN EUROPEWhat is the busiest airport in the world?Was Australia really used as a penal colony?Is Puerto Rico a state?Why was the Prime Meridian established at Greenwich?Why isn't Taiwan recognized by the U.S. government?MicronesiaAre there more people or sheep in New Zealand?MoldovaIf I dug through the Earth, would I end up in China?What was the intent of Magellan's Expedition?Where is tornado alley?HungaryWhat transition took place within Hong Kong in 1997?Are all fjords found in Norway?What is El Niño?What are ocean currents?Who invented the traffic signal?Where is the longest Main Street in the United States?GrenadaAntigua and BarbudaWhat were Lewis and Clark looking for?How much rain does it take to make a flood?North KoreaWhich country has the highest GDP?What is the highest railroad in the world?What are the Apennines?How much water is in snow?What did Marco Polo note in his journals about the Chinese fleet, when he arrived in the thirteenth century?What did the Mason-Dixon line originally divide?DEALING WITH HAZARDS GabonAndorraWhat is the best shape for a country?What percentage of Americans have used cocaine?Did glaciers create the Great Lakes?Who was Lech Walesa?What is the largest shopping mall in terms of gross leasable area?What was Hurricane Katrina?What is Machu Picchu?What time is it at 12:00 a.m.?RUSSIA AND THE FORMER SOVIET STATESWhere is Dum Dum airport?What is the Terracotta Army?What is Aotearoa?What started the fighting in Chechnya?What is the windiest place on Earth?How many cities are in the United States?What is the difference between a lingua franca and a pidgin?What is the National Geographic-Roper Public Affairs Geographic Literacy Study?Why are some borders curvy while others are straight?Who decides where houses can be built?PortugalHow can I measure how much rain falls where I live?When was the first flight achieved?How thick is the Earth's crust?ColombiaWhat was the world's first skyscraper?What is a cartel?What is the difference between a highway and a freeway?MyanmarWhat does the scale of a map tell me?MacedoniaWhat does the word "geography" mean?Where is the highest lake in the world?How does military time work?What is a fjord?Saint LuciaWhat is the deepest lake in the United States?What country in Africa has the world's highest minimum elevation?What was Seward's Folly?How large a part of the Soviet Union was Russia?How much did the population of New Orleans decline after Hurricane Katrina struck?Was Cuba ever a part of the United States?IranWhat were the results of the 2006 National Geographic-Roper Public Affairs Geographic Literacy Study?LatviaHow big was the Mongol Empire?What are some of the world's most active volcanoes, in terms of numbers of years of eruptions?Who rules Andorra?AlbaniaWhat countries have the most Internet usage?Where has one-third of the population of Suriname emigrated to since 1975?How much has the magnetic north pole moved?What are the deepest points in the oceans?How does a choke point "choke" a body of water?BelizeBurundiWhat different types of lightning are there?What was apartheid?How can maps be used to start wars?When was the first freeway built in the United States?What is a city?Can a woman have multiple husbands?Who is Nelson Mandela?What is an epicenter?What is the Great Wall of China made of?AzerbaijanWhat is the highest navigable lake in the world?When were time zones established in the United States?What countries are threatened the most from rising sea levels, and may cease to exist in the twenty-first century?What do the Sandwich Islands and Hawaiian Islands have in common?Can you ski in New Zealand?How many islands make up the Maldives?When was the first automobile built?What is Europe's oldest independent state?How much of the Earth's surface is frozen?Why do houses fall into sinkholes?How did the United States obtain the Virgin Islands?Why is it hotter in the city than in the countryside?When did Canada have a transcontinental railway?How many republics or states comprised the former Soviet Union?HIGH, LOW, BIG, SMALL, AND WONDROUSWhat are tornadoes?THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT What is a Near Earth Object (NEO)?Where is the center of the contiguous United States?What is an atomic clock?Where is the Rock of Gibraltar?DominicaWhat is a drainage basin?How many counties are in the United States?How old are glaciers?MadagascarWhat is Oceania?What is the purpose of NATO now that the Soviet Union is gone?What is the Strait of Magellan?EARTHQUAKESHow many tourists visit Russia each year?Who are the Sherpa?SwedenNATO AND THE COLD WARIs there a high risk of earthquakes in the Midwestern United States?Is the Earth a perfect sphere?Why does Romania have so many orphans?MIDDLE EASTTHE WEST INDIES What is the Ring of Fire?How many countries are members of the United Nations?What are the Balkan States?What is a sundial?Which religions are practiced by the most people?Aside from the Louisiana Purchase, how was the American West obtained?Why are road maps so difficult to fold?How many Muslims make a pilgrimage to Mecca each year?What are the Alps?Where is the Putrid Sea?Where does the Loch Ness Monster live?What are the seven hills of Rome?When did Burma become Myanmar?What is the Gaza Strip?Who are the Kurds?ChileEgyptWhat is the Coriolis effect?Where did Gauguin live?PalauHow many Native Americans were killed during the period of European colonization in the Americas?What is a rain shadow?Who are the Maori?What is the largest city in Siberia?Which Middle Eastern country currently has the longest-ruling leader?BahrainVietnamWhat is the driest state?How do airplanes create clouds?GeorgiaWhat is the Forbidden City?When was the most territory added to the United States at one time?What is the oldest continually occupied city in the United States?Where is Asia Minor?Where does it rain the least?What is brain drain?The BahamasWhat is the Organization of African Unity?What are hot springs?Why does Bangladesh flood so often?What is a tributary?Which countries are members of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)?Is the Empty Quarter empty?VOLCANOES How long is a day?Which comes first, latitude or longitude?MauritaniaAre glaciers only found in cold, northern places?Where are the four colored seas: Black, Yellow, Red, and White?Why does a first-born son get everything?What did the average European know about the world in the Middle Ages?Does radiation from a nuclear plant stop at the 10-mile (16 kilometer) zone?What are nomads?What is the axis of the Earth?What is the largest landlocked country in the world?If the Earth is so large, why did Columbus think that India was close enough to reach by sailing west from Europe?Does the Coriolis effect make the water in my toilet, sink, and bathtub swirl clockwise?How big is Russia's Lake Baikal?PEOPLE AND CULTUREWhat is the deepest lake in North America?Does the Earth always rotate and revolve around the sun at the same speed?Where do most legal immigrants to the United States come from?TurkmenistanWhat is a watershed?Solomon IslandsWhat are the world's newest countries?Where is the highest life expectancy on Earth?What is the oldest public park in the United States?What revolution attempted to stop world hunger?Why do some countries choose not to join the United Nations?EASTERN EUROPE OCEANIAWhat were some of the earliest colonies?What is the leading cause of disaster-related death in the United States?What causes erosion?Who are the Bedouin?What was the Rwanda genocide?Republic of the CongoHow many islands make up the Philippines?Where does it rain the most?Where in Egypt do most Egyptians live?What was the industrial revolution?What is the most dangerous state to live in due to tornadoes?DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME What is a rain forest?How did irredentism help start World War II?Why are the Blue Nile and White Nile Rivers both called Niles?Where are Sierra Madre Occidental and Sierra Madre Oriental?How much oil is produced by Europe?How has GIS revolutionized cartography?What did the phrase "fifty-four forty or fight" mean?How can GIS help my town?Burkina FasoWhat role did Russia play in World War II?BrazilWhat are the highest points on each continent?DjiboutiWhen did agriculture begin?What is the difference between a physical and a political map?How did Cuba become a Communist country?AngolaWho is the biggest producer of oil in Europe?Why is a book of maps called an atlas?Who was the first person to reach the North Pole?Why is color important on a relief map?What are satellites photographing?What is Zoroastrianism?What is the oldest continuously published newspaper in the United States?Where are the East and West Indies?Which Middle Eastern country has the most tourism?Was San Francisco destroyed by earthquake or by fire in 1906?TanzaniaWhat is the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic?What is the Atacama desert?ChadAIR TRANSPORTATIONWhat is the most populous country in the world?What is a 100-year flood?How much of Mexico's population lives in Mexico City?TajikistanWhen did the twenty-first century begin?What are the British Isles?Did an asteroid kill the dinosaurs?Who was Captain Kidd?What type of calendar was used in the Soviet Union between 1929 and 1940?How widespread was the influenza pandemic of 1918?What are dust devils?FijiWhat were Lewis and Clark looking for?What is the difference between relative and absolute location?Where is the world's largest mountain?Which Southeast Asian country is one of the world's richest?Where is the southernmost glacier in Europe?What is MERCOSUR?What is Iceland's leading export?Where are Egypt's pyramids?What was Levittown?ZimbabweKosovoWhat is the oldest map using the word America?What are ice core samples and why are they important?What is a glacier?How did factories in the U.S.S.R. end up on the east side of the country?When did the Suez Canal begin to operate?Where was the first self-service gas station?Cape VerdeWhere was the world's first monument to an insect established?How many Potentially Hazardous Asteroids is NASA tracking that could impact the Earth in the twenty-first century?Who else controls the price of gas besides oil producers?JordanCanadaHow did a lake kill more than 2,000 people?ASIAWhen was January 1 chosen as the beginning of the year?BruneiWhat is the Middle East in the middle of?When was the first permanent British settlement established in the United States?What is the difference between an ocean and a sea?What is Southeast Asia's largest oil-producing country?How many automobiles are there in the United States?What is the world's highest capital city?What is ethnic cleansing?What are the solstices?What road in the United States was known as the National Road?Who discovered the source of the Nile River?How much market share does Russia's national airline, Aeroflot, have?What is the holiest site in Mecca?Why isn't Tibet on the map?What is Ulan Bator?Why did early humans have no need for hours, days, weeks, or months?Where is the sunbelt?Who owns the Panama Canal?Is there enough food to feed the world?What was the baby boom?What was the Maginot Line?PHYSICAL FEATURES AND RESOURCESTHE EARTHWhat is Devil's Island?How big was the largest hailstone?What is a strait?DenmarkWhat is Micronesia?MonacoWhich country in Africa is the only country that is not a member of the African Union?Why did the sun never set on the British Empire?VanuatuWhat language is spoken in the Maldives?What was the Nazis' plan for Madagascar?What is South Korea's national slogan?How many provinces are in Canada?THE ATMOSPHERE How are mountains formed?What is the tallest self-supporting structure in the world?What are the fastest growing U.S. cities in terms of population growth from 2000 to 2006?Who invented geography?How long have Communists been in power in China?How many businesses are started each year in the United States?Which country first granted women the right to vote?What is the mid-Atlantic ridge?IrelandHas NAFTA helped trade between Canada, Mexico, and the United States?What is the National Geographic Society?Why is every map distorted?LaosWhich is farther east, Santiago, Chile, or Miami, Florida?What was Zimbabwe's previous name?Which Russian city is among the most expensive in the world?SomaliaWhy is the sky blue?What is a tropical rain forest?Where is the Middle East today?What playwright and author became president of an Eastern European country?How can I find the latitude and longitude of a particular place?How dry is Antarctica?Which South American country was the first to gain independence from colonial rule?How many Irish left during the Great Starvation?Which country produces the most gold?From where does the word "fjord" originate?Who won the Cold War?UgandaWhat is the difference between snow and hail?What is the busiest airport outside of the United States?NicaraguaWhat do modern geographers do?Where is Atlantis?Which 10 countries have the most people?SyriaHow can a gazetteer help me find latitude and longitude?What are the consequences when glaciers melt?Which country spends the most money on the military?What is Bollywood?What are the largest seas?Was the 2005 New Orleans disaster caused by a flood or a hurricane?How important is China to the biodiversity in the world?What is the Bight of Bonny?United KingdomAre all Israelis Jewish?READING AND USING MAPS What is a jungle?Which country has more languages than any other in the world?PEOPLE AND COUNTRIESThe GambiaWhen was the second agricultural revolution?(ZAR) LiberiaTHE POLESWhy would countries want colonies?What are some world weather records?What is a dhoni?How long are the Rockies?What is the most popular theme park in the United States?How can GPS keep me from getting lost?What percentage of American households regularly give to charitable organizations?Which Middle Eastern country has the highest percentage of urban population?What is pinyin?Why was the Vietnam War fought, and what were some of the consequences?What is a tree line?HaitiWhat's the difference between England, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom?GhanaHow big is Russia?What was the Potsdam Conference?How many official languages are there in South Africa?What do b.c.e. and c.e. stand for?ArgentinaHow long did it take for the world population to double in size?Who would purposely create false maps?How long is Chile?How high is tree line?Czech RepublicWhat world weather records does the United States hold?EthiopiaWhere can you see the Great Wall?Is Greenland really green?What was Gran Colombia?HISTORY AND INSTRUMENTS Where is the Barbary Coast?How did the Soviet Bloc countries respond to the creation of NATO?Who was the greatest explorer of the Arab world?How many countries does the United States recognize?What is continentality?What is the only state with a diamond mine?What were the Buddhas of Bamiyan?What is tundra?What is the NCGE?When did the Iraq War begin?South KoreaWhat is the longest bridge in the world?OZONEHow many countries are there in Africa?What is China's one-child rule?Which African country has Spanish as an official language?Why was the border between the Yemen and Saudi Arabia dashed on maps?Why has Afghanistan been contested and invaded so many times?How is gerrymandering like a salamander?UzbekistanHURRICANES What was Pangea?Are there still glaciers in the United States?What is the longest river in the world?What is the primary religion throughout Latin America?How cold is Siberia?What is the longest building in the world?How much junk is there in space?How many islands make up Indonesia?Where is the northernmost rain forest?The NetherlandsWhat is the northernmost landmass in the world?If I keep walking in a straight line, will the Coriolis effect cause me to veer?Which country is the world's leading bauxite producer?Which state has the longest coastline?LithuaniaHow do most people travel across Russia?How does land turn into desert?What time is it at the North and South Poles?What is the difference between small and large scale maps?What is the North Magnetic Pole?HISTORYWhat happened at Three Mile Island?Does air pressure change with elevation?What should I do in the event of a flood?What makes Brazilian automobiles run?What other countries have disputes over lines drawn on maps?SOUTH AMERICAWhere is South America's population clustered?Which is further west—Los Angeles, California, or Reno, Nevada?LuxembourgWhy does the ground sink?Where is all the water?Where will the biggest dam in the world be located?What is the Giro d'Italia?BhutanCroatiaWhere is the Bible Belt?Where did some of the first cities of the world begin?Which South American countries are members of OPEC?How fast do you have to travel west to arrive earlier than when you left?MontenegroWhere does Asia end and Europe begin?Which non-island nations have the fewest neighbors?Marshall IslandsAfghanistanWhat is permafrost?What is the difference between climate and weather?Is the ozone layer being depleted?Who was Prester John?Who was Vancouver, Canada, named after?What causes earthquakes?Are lines of longitude and latitude all the same length?Which celestial bodies are the days of the week named after?What is the highest waterfall in the world?CANADA What do b.c. and a.d. stand for?Why are we losing ground water?How was Pompeii destroyed?What port does landlocked Bolivia use?Where is the Horn of Africa?What is a thunderstorm?Central African RepublicPOPULATION What is the highest point east of the Mississippi?What are the largest cities of Europe?BelarusSaudi ArabiaWhat is a hazard?What is an archipelago?What is the leading cause of death in the United States?Is childbirth still a significant cause of death for women?Where is the Jutland Peninsula?UNITED STATES OF AMERICASan MarinoHow does medical geography help control the spread of diseases?What are the most commonly spoken languages of the world?What was the Oregon Trail?What is the Gregorian calendar?What part of Southeast Asia is one of the most contested geographic regions in the world?AcknowledgmentsWhat part of a hurricane is most damaging?What are recycled rocks?SloveniaDid people bathe in Bath?What was the United Arab Republic?Where was Checkpoint Charlie?What is the difference between Islam and a Muslim?What South American city has more Japanese residents than any city outside of Japan?Which country has the most Azeri-speaking people?Sierra LeoneWho invented the first train?What is air pollution?How do farmers water their crops?What is the highest lake in North America?What is the lowest point in the world on land?TongaHow many people live on the Earth?What is Russia's official name?What is the Chunnel?Who controls the world's oil supply?Who carved Mt. Rushmore?How many Great Lakes are there?Why are there so many starving people in Ethiopia?Why is there often a cross next to the east direction on maps?LibyaWhen did Phoenician explorers begin discovering and colonizing Europe?What is Caprivi's Finger?Which place in South America is part of the European Union?What is the world's most visited mountain?What is the difference between a State and a state?How many states have four-letter names?What is the Three Gorges Dam?Is Equatorial Guinea on the equator?What are the different kinds of clouds?What is Africa's largest lake?How many illegal immigrants are there in the United States?What have been some of the most destructive floods in history?What are incidence maps?Cote d'lvoireHow many people are killed in the United States by lightning?What is a tsunami?What did the domino effect have to do with United States involvement in the Vietnam War?What is the jet stream?PEOPLE, COUNTRIES, AND CITIES What type of rocks are formed from particles?How do forest fires help forests?BoliviaWhat were the seven wonders of the ancient world?ThailandHow did the League of Nations fail?How did the Himalayas form?Measured by area, what is the largest city in the United States?What is a perpetual resource?What is a megalopolis?What is the difference between a bay and a gulf?NigerWhat is Nunavut?PHYSICAL FEATURES AND RESOURCES What is geographic illiteracy?What happens when I cross the International Date Line?How much beef does Australia export?What is nuclear winter?How do the Netherlands keep getting bigger?NamibiaWhat were the Crusades?FinlandWhat is the largest city in the Amazon River basin?Which member of the United Nations could not serve on the Security Council?How was Taiwan created?When did Brazil move its capital city?GuyanaWhere is Indochina?Who owns Walvis Bay?Who are the Maygar?Which countries lead the world in child poverty?How wide is a degree of longitude?What is a turnpike?Is the Black Sea really black?Who was the first European to reach North America?How does the United Nations preserve peace?What does an earthquake feel like?Did Hitler create the Autobahn?What is the difference between GNP and GDP?Why do people travel to Mecca?What is the circumference of the Earth?What is the largest country in the world?How does the population of Tokyo change each day?What do a.m. and p.m. mean?TuvaluWhat caused the Bhopal disaster?Who was one of the great African American explorers?Papua New GuineaHow prevalent is AIDS in Africa?What are the equinoxes?MozambiqueTimor-LesteWhat is a topographic map?When did people start eating with forks and spoons?Who was Alexander von Humboldt?Why does Greenland appear larger on most maps than it actually is?What is the world's shortest river?How many countries named Congo are there?What is the world's second-longest barrier reef?DEFINITIONS What is the capital of Australia?What is a Mediterranean climate?OCEANS AND SEAS How many provinces are there in South Africa?Whose body was preserved and then hand-carried for nine months to the coast of Africa?Equatorial GuineaWhat was the Trail of Tears?What was the first tunnel through the Alps?Which city has the most taxis?Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesWhat is the world's largest Islamic nation?What are ice ages?Why can I hear an AM radio station from hundreds of miles away at night but not during the day?What are the Arctic and Antarctic Circles?What state has only one legislative body?What are some of the most expensive cities in the world?What is the difference between Central and Latin America?Where is the farthest point from land?What has the world's population been over time?Which explorer was named the Grand Imperial Eunuch by the Emperor of China?AFRICAWhat were the earliest maps?OCEANIA AND ANTARCTICAWhat was the first major city in the Western Hemisphere?Who provides food to North Korea today?Where was the first atomic bomb used on a populated area?How many people live on the planet?What language do people in Madagascar speak?Where does cocaine come from?How many lesbian and gay people are there in the world?Why is the growth rate declining?THE UNITED NATIONS MalaysiaWhat is Bandar Seri Begawan?ArmeniaHow many foreign students attend universities and colleges in the United States?Is the Great Wall of China the only man-made object that can be seen from space?Why don't FM radio waves travel very far?Which country is the world's leading lead producer?What statue overlooks Rio de Janeiro?How much land disappears when the sea level rises?How was Niagara Falls stopped?How do CFCs destroy ozone?What type of rocks are formed by lava?How does a GPS unit know where I am?How thick is Antarctica's ice?What major American city loses more people than any other?Where is the farthest point from an ocean?IndonesiaWhat is the most common street name in the United States?When were the first clocks made?What was Mesopotamia?What is an aquifer?SurinameWhere does the name Saudi Arabia come from?KenyaHow many active volcanoes are there in the world?Should we use candles after a disaster or power outage?Is it safe to stand in a doorway during an earthquake?What is the largest island in the United States?What is a moor?What are the lowest points on each continent?MongoliaHow did trains help establish time zones?UruguayWhat was the Ottoman Empire?SerbiaHow is hail formed?What is the oldest known map drawn to scale?How long does it take to travel by train across Russia?Has global warming affected the ice on Mt. Kilimanjaro?What are the seven natural wonders of the world?What is the largest freshwater lake in the world?Where is Iwo Jima?How was Mt. Kilimanjaro formed?Have compasses always pointed north?How many really big earthquakes occur each year?Costa RicaWhat is the effect of global warming and climate change on Earth?What is the least-densely populated country in the world?Of all countries in Africa, which countries were never colonized?What are the largest metropolitan areas in the United States?Did everyone during Christopher Columbus's time think that the world was flat?How thick is Greenland's ice sheet?Where are the low countries?What is the largest building in the world in terms of floor space?Which river touches more countries than any other?Of all the humans who have ever lived, what proportion of them are alive today?How are different types of climates classified?ItalyWhere is the land of the rising sun?What nationalities were the 9/11 terrorists?What is the most common last name in the world?What is subduction?Who was the first European to see the Pacific Ocean from its eastern shore?PanamaWhen did suburbs become fashionable?What is a bullet train?PEOPLE, COUNTRIES, AND CITIES How has the West Bank caused conflict?What are fossil fuels?What is the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center?What is one of the only countries in the world to provide constitutional protection to gays, lesbians, and bisexuals?What is the problem with a calendar based on the cycles of the moon?Can you ski in the Middle East?Can you stand an egg on end only on the spring equinox?JAPAN AND THE KOREAN PENINSULAWho were the earliest explorers from Asia?In the past, how many people were sold into slavery in the United States?Where was the first shopping mall in the United States?Why is there a tiny piece of Russia in the middle of Eastern Europe?KazakhstanWhen was the Gregorian calendar adopted in the United States?What are the seven seas?How many volcanoes are in Europe?Where is the Maghreb?MaldivesWhy is Cyprus divided?How many times does lightning strike the Earth each year?Which South American territory has yet to gain its independence?Where is the world's largest church?CONFLICTS AND NATIONS TIME ZONES El SalvadorHow does geography influence politics?MaltaWhat is the smallest country in Southeast Asia?How can I obtain a flood map of my community?SamoaVenezuelaWho is the biggest exporter of rice in the world?How many airports are there in the United States?What are the most polluted cities in the world in terms of air quality?How early were the islands of the Pacific explored?What is the world's largest tropical rain forest?Is a magnitude 10 the top of the Richter scale?Which countries have the fewest neighbors?Who is Alberto Fujimori and what has he done for Peru?What was Babylonia?How many places on Earth have evidence of asteroid impacts?THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENTWho was John Wesley Powell?What was the world's worst nuclear disaster?When were the first roads built?Which country has the longest coast line?CameroonWhy did Macedonia's name cause problems between that country and Greece?Why is the Mediterranean Sea so salty?How many Internet users are there in the United States?COUNTRIES OF THE WORLDCHINA AND MIDDLE ASIA YemenCULTURES AROUND THE WORLD Do things really disappear in the Bermuda Triangle?How did the Monroe Doctrine protect the Americas?MauritiusWhere is Catalonia?How big is Siberia?What are the principal industries in the Maldives?CLIMATEHow many people are abducted and sold into slavery each year?Which religions came to be practiced first?What were Thomas Malthus' ideas on population growth?What are the capitals of Bolivia?Are all countries divided into one-hour time zones?Sâo Tomé and PrincipeUkraineIs the Strait of Magellan crooked?How did the United States reach its present form?What are continents?Why is Cabinda separate from Angola?What catastrophe happened in North Korea in 1995?Why were 10 days lost from the year in 1582?Where does the Tour de France begin and end?What is the highest settlement in the United States?Where is the Yucatan?Which religions began in the Middle East?CITIES AND SUBURBSWho settled Denmark?KEEPING TIMEWhat are the five least populous U.S. states?How much energy does one bolt of lightning contain?What does the suffix "stan" mean?In which direction do ships sail through the Panama Canal?What is Mardi Gras?RUSSIA AND EASTERN EUROPEWho are the Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims?What monetary unit is used in Panama?How is rainfall measured?What are the largest Canadian urban areas?Which state has the highest divorce rate?Who was the first person to reach the South Pole?Which countries colonized Africa?CALENDARS When did the United States control the Philippines?GreeceWhich country has a flag of only a single color and no design or emblem?Are kangaroos native to Australia?What do minutes and seconds have to do with longitude and latitude?How can a legend help me read a map?How many people died as a result of the subsequent failure of the levees and flooding after Hurricane Katrina struck?How is northern Canada gaining elevation?What is the European Union?How many states are in Mexico?What do dams do?CLIMATIC TRENDS What is a coral reef?Who lives in the City of the Dead?What city is named for a game show?Which countries give the highest proportion of their GNP in the form of aid to other countries?CONTROLLING WATERWhat waterfall has the largest flow of water?RomaniaHow fast do hurricane winds blow?United Arab EmiratesHow are waves created?What are the northernmost, southernmost, easternmost, and westernmost cities in the United States?Which advanced industrial democracy ranks last in giving foreign aid as calculated as a percentage of its GNP?Is the Tasmanian devil a real animal?TIME, CALENDARS, AND SEASONSHow many miles of paved road are there in the United States?Who are the Aborigines?What is the largest airport in the world?Where did Bombay go?What is the tallest skyscraper in the world?Where is Ouagadougou?AFRICASingaporeJamaicaWhat is a low high temperature and a high low temperature?What makes New Delhi so new?Why is Russia always one hour ahead?MoroccoTHE SEASONS What is the Commonwealth of Independent States?How is water used in the home?LebanonWhich states are earthquake-free?Where are the Leeward Islands?What other countries have border disputes?DEFINITIONS AND HISTORY What is the Commonwealth?BelgiumWINDHow many islands does Hawaii include?How did America get its name?What is the world's largest lake?What is a boomerang?ParaguayWhat is The Hague?THE EARTH'S MATERIALS AND INTERNAL PROCESSESWhat was the Berlin Wall?Where is the world's largest marsh?What percentage of the world's poor live in South America?What is the oldest European settlement in eastern Asia?OTHER HAZARDS AND DISASTERS What is a floodplain?IndiaWhat is the Pan-American Highway?Which state has the most lakes?Who owns Easter Island?Is the Middle East a desert?Which Hawaiian island was once a leper colony?Where does wind come from?Who owns all of those islands in the Pacific Ocean?When do countries in the Southern Hemisphere observe Daylight Saving Time?KuwaitWho decides which names go on maps?How many people lived on the islands of Seychelles before 1770?Which country is composed of seven sheikdoms?Why was the Erie Canal built?PakistanWhat commodity makes the Persian Gulf so strategically important?URBAN STRUCTURES What makes a piece of paper a map?What is a long lot?Who is Osama bin Laden?How are hurricanes ranked?AUSTRALIA AustraliaWhat is a wadi?SpainWhat is the world's longest freshwater lake?Which continent has the highest average elevation?What is the world's busiest seaport?What are the five most populous U.S. states?When did Daylight Saving Time move from the end to the beginning of April in the United States?RussiaHow many McDonald's restaurants are there in the world?Where was the most snowfall ever recorded?THE LAND AND HISTORY Which countries are surrounded entirely by landlocked countries?Who disguised himself as a Muslim to travel to Mecca?How old is the oldest known map?Does Yugoslavia still exist?Why did the Soviet Union invade Afghanistan in 1979?What is the longest river in the United States?How many refugees are there?RwandaWhy did the United States invade Iraq?Where is the rustbelt?What are the seven wonders of the modern world?How fast did the Mayflower sail?HISTORY What are the two cultural groups that make up Belgium?How many African countries were colonized by Italy?Where did the mutineers of the Bounty land?What is the Royal Flying Doctor Service?How many tectonic plates are there?SenegalWhat does a 40 percent chance of rain really mean?THE PHILIPPINES AND INDONESIA What is the longest river in Europe?How much pressure does the atmosphere exert upon us?Is there land at the North Pole?Who is a peon?AustriaWhere are the active volcanoes in the United States?MEXICO Where did agriculture begin?What is the population of the United States?What is the world's most commonly spoken language?Who was Ponce de Leon?KiribatiWhere is Crimea?What fish, once thought to be extinct, suddenly appeared near Comoros?What is the difference between a watch and a warning?Is the Gregorian calendar accurate?Which European country produces the most nuclear energy?Why is Christopher Columbus credited with discovering the New World?What top five countries will have the largest populations in 2050?How many people have been killed during the U.S. war with Iraq?Which river carries the most water?How long is China's Great Wall?How do sand dunes move?THE WORLD TODAY Sri LankaNepâiWhat is an azimuth?Will another large asteroid strike the Earth?Where is the French Riviera?TunisiaWhat is the greenhouse effect?NATURAL RESOURCES What was the highest temperature ever recorded?What is the largest building in the world, in terms of usable space?What is a hemisphere?How does a city get chosen to host the Olympics?How many Native American reservations are there in the United States?Where is Gaul?Which country is the top exporter of goods and services?PHYSICAL FEATURES AND RESOURCES TogoWhere is the biggest desalination plant in the United States?What is the Fujita scale of tornado intensity?How does Hawaii protect itself from tsunamis?EUROPE AND ASIA What are the Andes?What is a Gypsy?What are the Baltic States?What percentage of people live in the mega cities of the world?What is evapotranspiration?MexicoWho's fighting over the Falkland Islands?What is the best way to help after a disaster?What is a fault?Are mega-urban area populations growing?COLONIES AND EXPANSIONISM Why is Greenland considered an island while Australia is a continent?How many people are projected to live on the planet in 2040?How does South Korea rank in the world economy?Why do they speak French in Québec?What is in the Taj Mahal?Does India have a population control program similar to China's?What was Pangea?What are latitude and longitude lines?EritreaWhere are the highest rivers in the world?Which state borders only one other state?Where are the Prairie Provinces?What is Land's End?Why is it very wet on one side of a mountain range?How many countries has the U.S. military attacked or occupied since the beginning of the year 2000?GermanyWhat is the center of North America?Where was the first commercial air flight?Do Caucasians come from the Caucasus Mountains?Which country is the world's leading copper producer?Does lightning ever strike twice in the same place?What caused the great Indian Ocean Tsunami of December 2004?LiechtensteinHow many educational institutions are there in the United States?How does Japan get its oil?What are the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn?ZambiaWhat is the life expectancy in Japan?Is Chicago really the "windy city?"TSUNAMISHow did the bikini get its name?What was the first city to have more than one million people?BarbadosWhat is inside the Earth?What did James Cook not discover?What was the U.S.S.R.?SlovakiaHow did Israel become a country?How many time zones does China have?United StatesWhich countries are not members of the United Nations?LIGHTNINGWhy don't we feel the Earth moving?How, why, and how much does Magnetic North move?What is the most popular national park in the United States?What is the largest continent?What are some of the largest South Korean companies?How big is the Sahara Desert?How should we prepare for disaster?Where are the Arctic and Antarctic Circles?Who was Simon Bolivar?How wide is the Strait of Gibraltar?Which country has the world's highest population density?How can I find the exact time?What is the tallest dam in the world?DEFINING THE WORLDHow much of the Earth is usually covered by clouds?When was the compass invented?What is the most populated urban area in the world?Where is Greater Syria?What are basins and ranges?How does the tilt of the Earth affect the seasons?Is Transylvania a country?What does a canal lock do?How many times have North and South Korea met to negotiate a solution to the division of Korea in Panmunjom?GREENLAND AND THE NORTH POLE REGIONWhat is the significance of the San Andreas fault?What is continental drift?Where on the planet is it light 24 hours a day in the summer?How much of the Earth is covered by water?What is the lowest point on dry land?TRANSPORTATION AND URBAN GEOGRAPHYWhere is the Black Forest?Is Australia the smallest continent?Is global warming causing the world's glaciers to melt?What was the first independent country in the Caribbean?Where is Camelot?What is a central business district?What is the ozone layer?Why is Coney Island called an island even though it's not?How does a sextant help navigators?How did the ancient Romans get water to their cities?NigeriaHow did the Black Plague affect the world's population?How many layers are in the atmosphere?What is a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid or PHA?Where is the Bay of Pigs?What is the National Flood Insurance Program?Democratic Republic of the CongoSOUTHEAST ASIAWhy is permafrost so important?Which country had the world's first legislature?How many people visit the Caribbean each year?The PhilippinesHow can I determine the distance between two places by using a scale?What was the French Community?What is a renewable resource?Do oases really exist?How wide is a degree of latitude?SwazilandLANGUAGE AND RELIGION HUMAN CIVILIZATION Where are hot springs used by people around the world?MAPSWhat are the horse latitudes?Who is an ayatollah?CULTURAL GEOGRAPHYWhat is an oxbow lake?Which natural disasters doesn't Southern California experience?CONTINENTS AND ISLANDS CyprusSwitzerlandBangladeshIcelandHow much rice does China produce?How many capital cities does South Africa have?What is a tropical glacier?How long did Japan occupy and colonize Korea?RIVERS AND LAKES GLACIERS AND FJORDS What is a delta?ANTARCTICA Where is the world's tallest waterfall?Where is Timbuktu?What is the difference between cultivation and domestication?What was the Rainbow Warrior?Where did the Inca civilization develop?Who are Kiwis?OmanHow much of the world's population is devoted to agriculture?How were animals first domesticated?How many taxi cab drivers are there in the United States?How does India's caste system work?What are monsoons?HISTORY How is a capital different from a capitol?What is the continental divide?Why do third world countries no longer exist?KyrgyzstanWhich country is the world's leading coffee producer?What is the highest mountain on Earth?What is Hadrian's Wall?PeruHow do cartographers shape our world?How much is the sea level rising?CambodiaVatican CityWhat is the AAG?Which river carries more water than any other in the world?What is global warming?What percentage of Americans volunteer each year?What is the difference between magma and lava?Where did Charles Darwin develop his theory of natural selection?What is Benelux?What are volcanoes?How can I remember which way latitude and longitude run?IsraelHow much does an employee of a maquiladora earn?What is Polynesia?ROADS AND RAILWAYS HAZARDS AND DISASTERSWhat is the Arirang Festival?PolandWhat was the Byzantine Empire?What is a plaza?What is the origin of the word "monsoon"?What is an atoll?BotswanaPOLITICAL GEOGRAPHY How did Julius Caesar fix the calendar?What is the only Catholic country in Asia?CubaWhere do the illegal immigrants come from?Who was Haile Selassie?What is the largest office building in the world?WATER AND ICEWhen was the last interstate highway built?How many states have land north of Canada's southernmost point?When was the first watch made?What is the St. Lawrence Seaway?TORNADOESHow many African countries are landlocked?What is geologic time?Which Middle Eastern country has the largest population?How many time zones does the United States have?How many volcanoes does Iceland have?Why are the Missouri-Mississippi Rivers lumped together?NEW ZEALANDNorwayWhat is a fossil?Who was Che Guevara?Which state borders the most others?What does a glacier leave behind?What did Genghis Khan conquer?How many people speak Arabic in the world?Where was the Pale of Settlement?Where is the largest coral reef in the world?What type of calendar did the French use between 1793 and 1806?How does water wash away the land?Are there an equal number of boy and girl babies born?AlgeriaBosnia and HerzegovinaWhat is the world's southernmost city?How many religions have holy sites in Jerusalem?Where does Los Angeles get its water?How far did the Islamic Empire spread?How many people live in Moscow?MaliWEATHER What was the Klondike Gold Rush?Do all countries have states?EXPLORATIONWhat is a water clock?SEA TRANSPORT Is Scotland a country?What is the oldest college in the United States?What are some of the oldest, continuously inhabited cities in the world and when were they established?Which countries restrict Internet access to what is deemed unfavorable content by their governments?What should I do when a tornado approaches?How many African countries were independent in 1950?NauruHow does Old Faithful shoot water into the air?How fast is the Russian economy expanding?Which states are split into multiple time zones?Where are the Windward Islands?Which country has the highest per capita GDP?What's NAFTA?THE STATES Why are graves above the ground in Louisiana?How do I convert Fahrenheit to Celsius to Kelvin?Where is Brunei?What are the largest and smallest counties in the United States?How do people cope with continual light or darkness in high latitudes?PEOPLE, COUNTRIES, AND CITIES Where does Europe end and Asia begin?What was Manifest Destiny?What was the last Central American country to obtain its independence?Is the permafrost thawing?Which volcano poses the most risk to people in Europe?RELIGION How does the hydrologic cycle work?How old is the Earth?What are the largest cities in the Middle East?ComorosWhat is the green revolution?How large is Brazil?Why is it important to have an out-of-state contact in case of a disaster?What is a nautical mile?What is a compass rose?When and where was the last great impact on the Earth from a Near Earth Object?How much does a gallon of water weigh?CENTRAL AMERICAAre there lots of mosquitoes on the Mosquito Coast?What is the largest church building in the world?Which country was the world's first welfare state?How have satellites changed map making?What is the name of the currency of Botswana?Why does Hawaii have interstate highways?What is Truce Village?What is the world's largest island?What is Africa's most populous country?GuatemalaHow did the Berlin Conference of 1884 help expedite the colonization of Africa?What time is it in Antarctica?What is the DART array?How was the New World divided between Spain and Portugal?Dominican RepublicIs there any permanent ice in Africa?SeychellesHISTORYSouth AfricaWhat are the westerlies?Saint Kitts and NevisWhat is the highest fjord in Norway?What is balkanization?What are the four climatic regions of the Andes?Is global warming melting the North Pole?Which is larger, clay or sand?What are interstate highways?How valuable is a college education in the United States?
 
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