Top 10 geography factsGeography quiz
What was the reason to build Canberra for Australian capital, rather than selecting one of the existing large cities?
Dispute between Sydney and Melbourne. Debates over Federation in the late 19th century were dominated by a long dispute over whether Sydney or Melbourne should be the national capital. A compromise was reached: the new capital would be built in New South Wales, at least 100 miles (160 km) from Sydney.
Where in the world does slavery still occur at the largest scale?
In Mauritania. Today up to 600,000 Mauritanians, or 20% of the population, are still enslaved, mainly the "black Moors" of Haratin people. Though legally abolished in 1981, slavery did not become a crime until 2007, and since then only one person has been prosecuted for owning slaves. The issue of slavery is still powerful theme in the country's political debate.
What is the farthest point on the Earth's surface from the Earth's center?
Chimborazo, Ecuador, elevation 6,268 m (20,564 ft). Chimborazo location along the equatorial bulge makes its summit the farthest point on the Earth's surface from the Earth's center. Despite being 2,580 m (8,465 ft) lower in elevation above sea level than Mount Everest, it is 2,168 m (7,113 ft) farther from the Earth's center.
In which major European city, there is a volcano that may soon erupt?
In Naples. Lying mostly underwater, Campi Flegrei comprises 24 craters. It is one of the largest volcanoes in the world, capable of producing VEI 7 (super-colossal) eruptions. Its most recent eruption of 1538 created a new hill, Monte Nuovo.
Okavango river is famous for its biologically rich delta. What is the river's outlet?
It doesn't have an outlet to the sea. Discharging to an endorheic basin, the Okavango does not have an outlet to the sea. Instead, it empties into a swamp in the Kalahari Desert, known as the Okavango Delta or Okavango Alluvial Fan.
Which country other than USA named its capital after the president of the United States?
Liberia was created in 1847 by freed slaves from the United States. They established a government modelled on that of the United States and named its capital city, Monrovia after James Monroe, a prominent supporter of the colonization.
Which European country is spotted with numerous small concrete bunkers?
Albania. During the forty-year leadership of Enver Hoxha of the People's Socialist Republic of Albania, over 700,000 bunkers were built in the country – one for every four inhabitants. The bunkers are still seen everywhere in Albania. Most are now derelict, but some have been reused for a variety of purposes including residential dwellings, cafés, storehouses and shelters for animals.
Which country has the most native languages?
Papua New Guinea has over 820 indigenous languages, more than any other country (12% of the world's total). The country has also the highest Linguistic Diversity Index of 99% (the probability that two people selected from the population at random will have different mother tongues).
Hindi is the official language of two countries: India and ...?
Fiji. About 38% of the inhabitants of Fiji are descendants of Indian laborers, brought between 1879 and 1916 to work on Fiji's sugar cane plantations. The official languages of Fiji are English, Fijian and Hindi.
What is the most populous French-speaking country?
Democratic Republic of the Congo. The population of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is 77 million. The population of France is 66 million, Canada - 35 million, Madagascar - 24 million.