Can you name a firth in Scotland where the dolphins have individual names
? The destination of Haiti's Kita Nago parade
? A Sami Village in Lapland where tourists go to see the Northern Lights
? A former "city of pirates" on the Adriatic Coast
? Every weekday, listeners of PRI
's international-news radio show The World
are treated to the serendipity of a brief journey to a distant point on the globe. It's part of the daily GeoQuiz
, a challenging geographical trivia game enhanced with ambient audio, imagery
, and revealing details of history and landscape. You can play along via Twitter
or subscribe to the podcast
- either way, this 5 minute vacation will make you a little bit smarter about this incredible planet.
The official Google Earth plugin
is one free download that makes all sorts of cool stuff possible in your browser. There's a full screen version of the program
(complete with underwater views and 3D buildings) which can be searched by entering queries at the end of the URL. There's a framed version
with support for layers, historical imagery, day/night cycles, and the Google Sky starmap.
Less useful but more fun are Google's collection of "experiments" demonstrating the possibilities of the Earth API, including a "Geo Whiz" geography quiz
, an antipode locater
, a 3D first-person view of San Francisco
, a virtual route-follower
, and MONSTER MILKTRUCK!
, a crazy fun driving simulator that lets you careen a virtual milk truck through the Googleplex campus, ricochet off the Himalayas, or explore any other place you care to name.
Lots more can be found in the Google Earth Gallery
-- highlights include
a look at mountaintop removal mining
a real-time flight tracker
a guide to trails and outdoor recreation
a 360 panorama catalog
geotagged Panoramio photos
and the comprehensive crowdsourced Google Earth Community Layer
And while it's too large to view online, don't miss loading the Metafilter user location map
into a desktop version of Google Earth! [more inside]
Kinda like freerice.com
but they're giving water to places that need it. [more inside]
― Try to solve this Google map quiz. In the upper part of the page you see a satellite picture. Drag and zoom the map in the lower part of the page until it shows the same location as the upper map. Here's how.
Inspired by Ironic Sans's 50 States Game
comes the more worldly (and difficult) 245 Countries in 10 minutes.
Also pairs well with the previously posted GeoSense.
(Caveats/Minor Spoilers: Game has some questionable choices, like making you type in the long form of the country's name, i.e. "People's Republic of", rather than the common usage name. Some countries have "The" in front of them. Also, your spelling must be perfect, which can trip you up for those obscure island nations, and countries you know but don't know the exact spelling of. Good Luck!)
Don't click this link yet.
Think about all 50 United States, and then, when you're ready, click the link. It goes to an ajaxified quiz page, with a timer set to 10 minutes which starts counting down on page load, and a form entry field where you start typing the names of the states. When you get one right it automatically moves to a spontaneously generating list at to the bottom of the page. If the ten minutes elapse & you fail to name all fifty, the ones that you missed are revealed. Okay, now go.
Test your knowledge of world flags.
15 per round, 10 minutes per round. Some clues available, annoyingly addictive.
"Thanks to its global accessibility, the Internet is the perfect medium to hold an international competition such as The Geography Olympics. To join the challenge in support of your country, you simply need to select which country you will be representing and take the quiz. The quiz consists of trying to locate 10 randomly selected countries on a map of the world. It is different every time."
How well do you know
your Middle Eastern and North African geography? In my case, the answer would probably be 'decent, but not great'.
Geography Humiliation Central:
Too many damned
What a wonderful diversity of countries! A very
stringent set of tests, designed to
knowledge of the political geography of the world we live in. Whether it's Africa
or even Europe
, South America
or the United States
, I seem to know
only the really big ones
them all. In fact, I've never been so
proud in my life.