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Geography
Continents and Regions

What continent is home to the region hit by the most lightning?

According to NASA ---- AFRICA

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Geography
Mexico
Borders and Boundaries

What countries border Mexico?

Mexico has 3 other countries bordering it. America, Guatemala and Belize bordering the south of Mexico

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Geography
Engineering
Mountains

What do you call a space between two mountains?

valley

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Geography
Countries, States, and Cities
South America

Which two countries in South America are landlocked?

bolivia paraguay

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Geography
Mexico
Landforms

What are two peninsulas found in Mexico?

There are two important peninsulas in Mexico:

The Baja California Peninsula, located on northwestern Mexico, is a long but slim peninsula stretching along 1,250 Kilometers (775 miles) from the San Diego-Tijuana border down to the seaside resort of Cabo San Lucas, and is separated from mainland Mexico by the Gulf of California (also known as Sea of Cortes). It has an arid climate (Köppen BWh: Warm, Dry) as most of the peninsula falls within the Sonoran Desert limits, but has occasional fertile valleys on which grape and citric fruits are grown, such as the Valle de Guadalupe, one of the largest wine countries in Mexico. There are two federal states along this peninsula: Baja California (capital Mexicali) and Baja California Sur (capital La Paz). The most important cities include Tijuana (1,840,710), Mexicali (1,102,342), Ensenada (522,768), Los Cabos (305,983) and La Paz (290,286).

The Yucatan Peninsula, located on southeastern Mexico, is a triangular peninsula that separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Caribbean Sea. With a tropical savanna climate (Köppen Aw), it is mostly a flat land composed of limestone. Due to this nature, there are almost no surface rivers in the peninsula and most water comes from holes in the ground known as cenotes. It is a place known for being home of the ancient Mayan civilization, with beautiful remains of cities such as Chichen Itza and Tulum; however many of these ruins are covered by the thick vegetation that characterizes the region. It is also believed that the Chicxulub crater, covering almost half of the peninsula, is the site of the crater impact that killed the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago. There are three federal states on this peninsula: Campeche (capital: Campeche), Yucatan (capital Merida) and Quintana Roo (capital Chetumal). Some of the most important cities include Campeche (220,389), Merida (777,615) and Cancun (628,306).

Note: all population figures were taken from the 2010 census.

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Geography
Countries, States, and Cities
New Zealand
Australia

What country southeast of Australia is made up of two main islands?

new zealand but many forget samoa

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Social Sciences
Geography
Latitude and Longitude

What is the central line of latitude called?

Equator

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Argentina
Buenos Aires

What is the capital of Argentina?

The capital and largest city in Argentina is Buenos Aires.

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What country has three A's in its name?

Australia, Antartica,

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California
Mexico
Bodies of Water

What body of water separates the Baja California Peninsula from mainland Mexico?

It's not separated completely (it's a peninsula, not an island), but the main body of water separating Baja California from the rest of Mexico is the Gulf of California, an offshoot of the Pacific Ocean. Technically I suppose you could say that the Colorado River (which empties into the Gulf of California) also separates it, but the actual state border between Sonora and Baja California is only MAINLY the Colorado River (there are places where the border deviates from the river's course), and also the Colorado River is no longer really a river or even a body of water for its entire course (it dries up a few dozen miles from the mouth of the river, and for the remainder of its historical course it's either a dry gully or a negative estuary).

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United States of America
Geography
Pacific Ocean
United States

What states are considered west coast states?

California, Washington, and Oregon are all literally on the West coast . All have Shoreline. The West begins where the Great Plains meet the Rocky mountains. What states are considered Western would have a different answer: -California, Washington and Oregon, plus Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana. Also Alaska and Hawaii are sometimes considered Western states.

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Geography

What is an example of place geography?

The Great Pyramids Of Giza

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Geography
Maps and Directions
Mapping and Cartography

How is direction shown on a map?

Who earns money in your family?

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Math and Arithmetic
Geography
Geometry

Name an occupation whose members use a net in their work?

fisherman

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Rain and Flooding
Geography
Lakes and Rivers

Why does river straightening reduce flood risk?

Straightening of river reduces floods in the immediate area because it allows the water to go straight instead of having to turn through curves. A natural meandering river has a curvy or sinusoidal shape to its path. A straight river would travel only a kilometer per kilometer of valley floor. Water associated with a curvy river will have to follow the natural sinusoidal curves and will travel considerably more distance per kilometer of valley floor. Also, water in a natural river will have a slower velocity because the course of the river is altered with every curve. A straight river sheds water faster from the immediate area because it has less distance to travel and is not slowed by the curves, however the straightening a river is associated with negative consequences including increased risk of flooding downstream and increased erosion.

Increasing the velocity causes more erosion. If a river is straight then erosion digs the river into a deeper and deeper channel. A curvy river is typically has a slower velocity and erodes less. Also the erosion in a curvy river is associated with the 'cut bank' or outside of each curve not with a deepening channel as seen in straightened rivers. If you imagine yourself as a water molecule traveling down the river when you arrive at the outside of a curve your inertia will cause you to run into the 'cut bank' until the outer bank slows your speed and alters your course. You may have caused a slight bit of erosion but because you keep hitting curves you can not build up the speed needed to induce much erosion. After eroding from the "cut bank" sediment is often deposited in the 'point bar' or inside of the next curve. This causes the curves to slowly meander sometimes leaving 'ox bows' or multiple channels. Building roads or structures in these meandering curves is unwise as inevitably erosion will destroy the structure. The fast moving waters of a straight river can carry far more sediments down stream because of the increased velocity. Straightened streams often had to be lined with concrete or 'rip rap' where the original curvy river did not because the high velocity induced severe deepening of streams and both banks would then collapse in.

Straitened rivers increase the risk of flooding downstream. A straight river or stream holds less water per distance unit of valley floor than a natural and curvy river. In a rain event a natural curvy river will hold more water. Also, since it is not slowed by the curves of a natural river, a straight river will shed what little water it holds faster. This is exacerbated by the draining of wetlands upstream and the tiling of agricultural lands to shed standing water. Wetlands and intermittent pools act as large sponges, holding and delivering rain and snow-melt slowly to downstream rivers. Furthermore, the loss of flood planes by building levies causes rivers to rise higher during flood events and again delivers more water downstream in a short amount of time.

Floods downstream have become more 'flashy' and acute because of straightening of rivers, building of levies and draining of wetlands. A rain event in the Midwest of North America prior to European settlement would have induced far less of a flood height down stream than the same rain event would cause today. This is because the water would be delivered to downstream locations slowly over a greater duration of time.

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Geography
Rwanda

What landmarks are in Rwanda?

Hotel Des Milles Collines is an important monument in rwanda

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Geography
Continents

Which continent is the least urbanized?

Antarctica - it has no cities.

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Mapping and Cartography

Why is the inset map of northamerica included?

Inset maps are used to show an overview of the area or a close up of a section or sections of a map. An inset map can also be included to show related themes of data at smaller scales.

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Geography

How do maps show distance and direction?

a map can show direction by....

  1. compass rose (north, south, east, west)
  2. lines of longitude (lines going up and down) and lattitude (the lines going sideways

- the middle longitude line is called the prime meridean. the middle lattitude line is called the equator.

3. the scale... ( the length of the line is usually an inch that represents 100-500 miles) the scale is located towards the bottom on the map.

4. a map can also show direction by a "map key" if it has one

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Geography
Volume

Which is bigger milliliter or liters?

yes

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Bodies of Water
Geography
Denmark

What body of water surrounds Copenhagen?

Copenhagen is not surrounded by water. However, it is bordered on its eastern side by the Øresund strait, which connects the Baltic to the North Sea.

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Earth Sciences
Geography

What are the important tools of geography?

  • Maps
  • GPS/SatNav
  • Surveys
  • Globes
  • Compass
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Yosemite National Park

Where is Yosemite National Park?

The Yosemite National Park is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains of central California, USA.

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United States of America
Geography
United States

What are the names of the 52 states?

The names of the 50 states of the United States of America are : # Alaska # Alabama # Arkansas # Arizona # California # Colorado # Connecticut # Delaware # Florida # Georgia # Hawaii # Iowa # Idaho # Illinois # Indiana # Kansas # Kentucky # Louisiana # Massachusetts # Maryland # Maine # Michigan # Minnesota # Missouri # Mississippi # Montana # North Carolina # North Dakota # Nebraska # New Hampshire # New Jersey # New Mexico # Nevada # New York # Ohio # Oklahoma # Oregon # Pennsylvania # Rhode Island # South Carolina # South Dakota # Tennessee # Texas # Utah # Virginia # Vermont # Washington # Wisconsin # West Virginia # Wyoming

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Miscellaneous
Geography
Mountains

What is the region of a mountainous area called?

A Mountain Range

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