Top 10 geography facts Selected as the most interesting among geography related questions in Geography 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.Created by: Kasiageography of Australia facts » 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.Created by: Hitter smashernatural disasters facts » Which of the following European mountain ranges will rise the most in the next century?Scandinavian Mountains. The whole Scandinavia experiences uplift as a result of post-glacial rebound. In northern Europe, this is clearly shown by the GPS data obtained by the BIFROST GPS network. The average uplift is less than 1cm/year, but it may accumulate to 400m during next 10,000 years.Created by: globalquiz.orgtectonics facts » 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.Created by: globalquiz.orggeography of Africa facts » 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 modeled on that of the United States and named its capital city Monrovia after James Monroe, a prominent supporter of the colonization.Created by: globalquiz.orggeography of West Africa facts » Which continent is that?Africa. This map of Africa is rotated so the continent shape resembles Australia.Created by: globalquiz.orgcontinents facts » Why is White Sands Desert in New Mexico so purely white?It is gypsum. White Sands, having 442 total square kilometers of dune fields, is the world's largest surface deposit of gypsum. Unlike other desert sands, it is cool to the touch, due to the high rate of evaporation of surface moisture and the fact that the sands reflect, rather than absorb, the sun's rays.Created by: Debbie Foxsoil facts » Which large island did the USA try to buy for $100,000,000 in 1946?Greenland. On 8 April 1941, the United States occupied Greenland in order to defend it against a possible invasion by Germany. After the end of WW2, the United States wished to keep the island for strategic reasons and offered $100,000,000, but Denmark refused to sell.Created by: globalquiz.orghistory of Scandinavia facts » Which desert has this famous "eye"?Sahara. The Richat Structure in Mauritania, also known as the Eye of the Sahara, was interpreted as an asteroid impact structure, but no evidence for shock metamorphism has been found. Today scientists believe that it is a huge (40 km in diameter) and deeply eroded geologic dome.Created by: globalquiz.orgdeserts of Africa facts » 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.Created by: Hitter smasherWest Africa facts » Play geography quiz and see all the questions.