the annual geography quiz


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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby catson52 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:16 am

Admiral Horatio Nelson. The square is named after his naval victory (off the coast of Spain)
against Napoleon in 1805 (?).
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:19 am

<<32. A statue of Adm. Nelson, who commanded the British fleet that destroyed the combined French and Spanish fleets near Cape Trafalgar, Spain, in 1805. Nelson died in the battle.>>
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:20 am

33. What is the only continent without an active volcano?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby wamego relays champ » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:24 am

gh wrote:33. What is the only continent without an active volcano?


I'll take a shot with Australia.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Tuariki » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:28 am

wamego relays champ wrote:
gh wrote:33. What is the only continent without an active volcano?


I'll take a shot with Australia.

I agree
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:55 am

<<33. Australia.>>
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:55 am

34. What U.S. state capital was once known as La Petite Roche?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby kuha » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:03 am

gh wrote:34. What U.S. state capital was once known as La Petite Roche?



Little Rock.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:47 am

<<34. Little Rock, Ark.>>
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:48 am

35. Which is farther from sea level: the summit of Mount Everest or the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Conor Dary » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:57 am

The Mariana Trench is about 7 miles deep, while Everest or Sagarmāthā as the Nepalis call it is only 29,028 feet or less than 6 miles.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:23 am

<<35. At its deepest point, the Mariana Trench is about 36,000 feet below sea level. The summit of Everest is a bit over 29,000 feet above sea level.>>
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:24 am

36. Where would you find the black, cube-shaped building known as the Kaaba?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby DoubleRBar » Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:28 am

Mecca, Saudi Arabia
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:31 am

<<36. In Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It's the most sacred shrine in Islam.>>
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:51 am

oops, fell at the switch here, forgot it was my turn again.

37. What departed Gare de l'Est in Paris and arrived 80 hours later in Sirkeci Station in Istanbul?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Conor Dary » Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:53 am

The Orient Express? With Poirot on board...
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:18 am

<<37. The Orient Express. A private company, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Ltd., occasionally operates a luxury excursion train along the same route.>>
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:18 am

38. They call their country Sverige. What do we call it?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby DoubleRBar » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:20 am

Sweden.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:23 am

<<38. Sweden.>>
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:23 am

39. Two U.S. states do not observe daylight-saving time. Which ones?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby mcgato » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:26 am

Arizona for sure. Maybe Hawaii?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby dukehjsteve » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:45 am

mcgato wrote:Arizona for sure. Maybe Hawaii?


I'll second that Hawaii answer
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:02 pm

<<39. Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation) and Hawaii. Also, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa.>>
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:02 pm

40. Does water really swirl down a sink in one direction in the Northern Hemisphere and the opposite way in the Southern Hemisphere?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Daisy » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:09 pm

gh wrote:40. Does water really swirl down a sink in one direction in the Northern Hemisphere and the opposite way in the Southern Hemisphere?

I believe that is a myth. So no.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby kuha » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:19 pm

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gh wrote:40. Does water really swirl down a sink in one direction in the Northern Hemisphere and the opposite way in the Southern Hemisphere?

I believe that is a myth. So no.


I say yes.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby kuha » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:20 pm

gh wrote:<<39. Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation) and Hawaii. Also, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa.>>


And a chunk of Indiana, I think.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Conor Dary » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:20 pm

Indeed not...to the sink thing. And I believe Indiana changed recently to using Daylight Saving time.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:22 pm

<<40. Alas, no. The Coriolis Effect, created by the Earth's rotation, causes hurricanes and ocean currents to rotate clockwise south of the equator and counterclockwise north of it, but sinks, bathtubs and swimming pools are far too small to be affected.>>


I've read this in various places too. But I swear, the first thing I did the first time I was in Oz was flush the toilet, and I sure remember its going the other way!
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Marlow » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:24 pm

gh wrote:<<40. Alas, no. The Coriolis Effect, created by the Earth's rotation, causes hurricanes and ocean currents to rotate clockwise south of the equator and counterclockwise north of it, but sinks, bathtubs and swimming pools are far too small to be affected.>>

I've read this in various places too. But I swear, the first thing I did the first time I was in Oz was flush the toilet, and I sure remember its going the other way!

Didn't know that either . . .
wiki wrote:Because the Earth completes only one rotation per day, the Coriolis force is quite small, and its effects generally become noticeable only for motions occurring over large distances and long periods of time, such as large-scale movement of air in the atmosphere or water in the ocean.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby kuha » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:25 pm

gh wrote:<<40. Alas, no. The Coriolis Effect, created by the Earth's rotation, causes hurricanes and ocean currents to rotate clockwise south of the equator and counterclockwise north of it, but sinks, bathtubs and swimming pools are far too small to be affected.>>


I've read this in various places too. But I swear, the first thing I did the first time I was in Oz was flush the toilet, and I sure remember its going the other way!


DOH!

From our friend Wiki:

water rotation in home bathrooms under normal circumstances is not related to the Coriolis effect or to the rotation of the earth, and no consistent difference in rotation direction between toilets in the northern and southern hemispheres can be observed. The formation of a vortex over the plug hole may be explained by the conservation of angular momentum: The radius of rotation decreases as water approaches the plug hole so the rate of rotation increases, for the same reason that an ice skater's rate of spin increases as they pull their arms in. Any rotation around the plug hole that is initially present accelerates as water moves inward. Only if the water is so still that the effective rotation rate of the earth (once per day at the poles, once every 2 days at 30 degrees of latitude) is faster than that of the water relative to its container, and if externally applied torques (such as might be caused by flow over an uneven bottom surface) are small enough, the Coriolis effect may determine the direction of the vortex. Without such careful preparation, the Coriolis effect may be much smaller than various other influences on drain direction,[31] such as any residual rotation of the water[32] and the geometry of the container.[33] Despite this, the idea that toilets and bathtubs drain differently in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres has been popularized by several television programs, including The Simpsons episode "Bart vs. Australia" and The X-Files episode "Die Hand Die Verletzt".[34] Several science broadcasts and publications, including at least one college-level physics textbook, have also stated this.[35][36]
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:26 pm

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gh wrote:<<39. Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation) and Hawaii. Also, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa.>>


And a chunk of Indiana, I think.

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Whoa! The true answer to this is brilliant! I can rememer when Indiana was a non-observer, but as of 2006 the whole state is. But...... There's a chunk of counties which obey state law, but simply operate in a different time zone! So Indiana remains split. Good data here:

http://www.timeanddate.com/time/us/indiana-time.html
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby kuha » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:39 pm

gh wrote:
kuha wrote:
gh wrote:<<39. Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation) and Hawaii. Also, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa.>>


And a chunk of Indiana, I think.

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Whoa! The true answer to this is brilliant! I can rememer when Indiana was a non-observer, but as of 2006 the whole state is. But...... There's a chunk of counties which obey state law, but simply operate in a different time zone! So Indiana remains split. Good data here:

http://www.timeanddate.com/time/us/indiana-time.html


Just trying to compensate for all the ignorance I've dumped on the other questions here.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:43 pm

41. Which is larger in terms of square mileage - Asia or the surface of the moon?
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Daisy » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:51 pm

gh wrote:41. Which is larger in terms of square mileage - Asia or the surface of the moon?

I think I remember that the moon would just fit into the pacific ocean, and that in its own right is a large area, so I'd guess that the surface of the moon should be bigger than Asia.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby dukehjsteve » Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:08 pm

kuha wrote:
gh wrote:<<39. Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation) and Hawaii. Also, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa.>>


And a chunk of Indiana, I think.


No longer correct kuha. We went to statewide Daylight time ( at last ! ) about 6 years ago.

edit to add: oops, I see gh already has answered ( accurately ) on this issue.
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby kuha » Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:14 pm

dukehjsteve wrote:
kuha wrote:
gh wrote:<<39. Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation) and Hawaii. Also, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa.>>


And a chunk of Indiana, I think.


No longer correct kuha. We went to statewide Daylight time ( at last ! ) about 6 years ago.


Well, if anyone would know, you would! I'll TRY to just shut up & keep my bushel baskets of misinformation to myself!
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Re: the annual geography quiz

Postby Daisy » Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:15 pm

gh wrote:Whoa! The true answer to this is brilliant! I can rememer when Indiana was a non-observer, but as of 2006 the whole state is. But...... There's a chunk of counties which obey state law, but simply operate in a different time zone! So Indiana remains split. Good data here:

http://www.timeanddate.com/time/us/indiana-time.html


Many parts of rural Indiana, predominantly farmers, oppose daylight saving time because their days are controlled by the sun instead of the clock. Some farmers believe that their productivity is at stake because they are missing one extra hour of sunlight in the morning.

May be I'm missundestanding their point here, but if they lose an hour of daylight in the morning they still have it at the end. So how could they possibly be less productive? Or are they slaves of the clock in someway I'm missing?
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