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As GeoCurrents commentator D. Schwartz figured out, the quiz map posted last Friday shows countries that do not have primate cities in red and those that do have primate cities in grey.
Here is another one-map GeoCurrents quiz: What does the Wikipedia map, reproduced on the left, show? Hint: the countries shown in red do not have something that the countries shown in grey do have. The answer will be posted on Monday.
Can you identify a country merely from a map showing the position of its major cities — and nothing else? If so, try to give the name of the country mapped here.
Tomorrow’s post will provide the not merely the answer, but also a number of map overlays that can be used with this depiction of city locations to produce other …
The Wikipedia map on the left shows the traffic directions used by all countries and the changes that have occurred from 1858 onwards. Red represents countries in which people have always driven on the right (at least as far as formal laws are concerned, as we shall see below), and dark blue indicates those where they have always driven on the left. Orange represents countries that switched from left and right, and purple indicates the reverse. As you can easily notice, there are many more “orange” countries than “purple” ones. Green depicts states that formerly had non-uniform driving orientation rules but now drive on the right.
As GeoCurrents returns from its summer vacation, we will begin with another one-map quiz, which introduces tomorrow’s full post.
The questions is simple: what does the Wikipedia map, reproduced here without the legend, show? The topic being mapped is once again commonplace, familiar to all readers. Hint: several of the color categories on the map represents a historical change from one …
In examining the various countries of the world, I am often unsure what to call their main administrative divisions. Recently, I found myself writing about Peruvian departments but then wondered whether they might be called provinces instead. As it turns out, Peru is split into regions. Other countries are divided into districts, counties, governorates, divisions, and so on. Around twenty …
After making the map posted here I realized that its patterns are so odd that it would make an extremely difficult GeoQuiz. Just one question: what does the map show?
The topic being mapped is commonplace, familiar to all readers. The categories are relatively precise, with almost no overlap or gradations, and they derive from an authoritative website devoted to the …
As predicted, the quiz proved difficult, based on the answers provided by those brave readers who gave it a try. The actual answers are as follows:
1. Reliability of Police Services (“To what extent can police services be relied upon to enforce law and order in your country?”) MAP F
2. Hotel Rooms (Number of hotel rooms per 100 population, 2011 or …
After mapping a number of the indicators found in the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, I realized that the results could make a particularly challenging geo-quiz. Many of the results seemed surprising to me, and as a result I am not sure if I would have done very well on the quiz.
At any rate, I have included …
Several readers named all the cities correctly (we should make our future GeoQuizzes harder). The winner, who was the first one to answer all questions correctly, is Keith Ruffles of Belfast, UK. Congratulations, Keith! The book is on its way to you.
1. Tromsø (pop. 70,000), located mostly on an island, is famous not only for its bridge (depicted), but …
Inspired by the Winter Holidays, GeoCurrents presents a Northern Cities Quiz. Please email your answers to [email protected] The first person to name all cities correctly will receive a prize—a signed copy of one of our books. Answers will be posted here in a few days.
1. THIS CITY (pop. 70,000), located mostly on an island, is famous not only for …
Yesterday’s GeoNote introduced this Languages of the World GeoQuiz. This page shows the answers in bold, so if you would like to first take the quiz without seeing the answers, see yesterday’s post before scrolling down.
Today’s GeoQuiz comes from the multiple-choice exam I gave my students in Introduction to Linguistics class.
Several additional toponyms meaning ‘new city’ have been suggested by our readers, including Nieuwstadt (the Netherlands), Nyborg (Denmark), Uusikaupunki (Finland), Naples (originally Neapolis, which means ‘new city’ in Greek).
But the answer I had in mind is both more ancient and more historically significant than those cities: Carthage. It is known in Latin as Carthago or Karthago, in Greek as Καρχηδών …
The meanings of many toponyms are rather uncreative, describing features of the physical or social landscape. Perhaps one of the most common among those “dull” place names are those that mean “new city” or “new town”.