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The 2012 Geography Bee Study Guide

State Alaska Arizona California Colorado Connecticut Florida Georgia Hawaii Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Missouri Nevada New Jersey New York South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Virginia Washington Wisconsin Wyoming Capital Juneau Phoenix Sacramento Denver Hartford Tallahassee Atlanta Honolulu Springfield Indianapolis Des Moines Topeka Annapolis Boston Lansing St. Paul Jefferson City Carson City Trenton Albany Columbia Pierre Nashville Austin Salt Lake City Richmond Olympia Madison Cheyenne Landmark Mount McKinley Grand Canyon Hollywood sign/Golden Gate Bridge Pikes Peak Noah Websters Birthplace Disney World Carter Presidential Museum Pearl Harbor Lake Michigan Indy 500 racetrack Field of Dreams Baseball Diamond Largest ball of twine US Naval Academy/Camp David Freedom Trail/Fenway Park Kelloggs Factory/Mackinac Island Mall of America The Arch Hoover Dam/Freemont Street Atlantic City/The Boardwalk Statue of Liberty Fort Sumter Mount Rushmore The Grand Ole Opry Theater The Alamo Mormon Tabernacle Church Arlington National Cemetery The Space Needle Harley Davidson Museum Devils Tower

Geographical Definitions
(At the Geography Bee, you will not be required to give the definition as an answer, just the word.) Atlas: a collection of maps Atoll: a ring of coral that forms an island in an ocean or sea Canal: manmade waterway used for transportation or irrigation Canyon: deep valley with very steep sides often carved from the Earth by a river Cartography: the study of maps Compass rose: a design on a map that shows direction (North, South, East, West) Equator: an imaginary circle around the earth, equally distant at all points from both the North & South Poles: it divides the earth's surface into the Northern and Southern Hemispheres Estuary: where a river meets a sea or ocean Geyser: a natural hot spring that occasionally sprays water steam above the ground Glacier: a slowly moving mass of ice that flows over landforms Ice shelf: thick slab of floating ice that is next to land Latitude: imaginary line running east to west parallel to the equator used to measure distance from the equator Longitude: imaginary line running north to south meeting at the poles used to measure in degrees from the prime meridian Legend: a small table accompanying a map that explains the symbols used on the map Peninsula: a body of land surrounded by water on three sides Plateau: a large flat area of land that is higher than the surrounding land Prairie: wide, relatively flat area that has grasses and only a few trees Prime Meridian: the place of zero degrees longitude which runs through Greenwich, England Isthmus: narrow strip of land with water on two sides which connects two larger landmasses Strait: a narrow body of water that connects two larger bodies of water Volcano: mountainous vent in the Earths crust through which molten lava and gasses erupt Tundra: one of the vast cold treeless plains found in the arctic regions

Countries with their Capitals


Country Afghanistan Argentina Austria Belgium Colombia Cuba China Egypt France Greece Indonesia India Iraq Italy Japan Kenya Mexico New Zealand Nigeria Peru Philippines Russia Switzerland Thailand Turkey United Kingdom United States Zambia Capital City Kabul Buenos Aires Vienna Brussels Bogota Havana Beijing Cairo Paris Athens Jakarta New Delhi Baghdad Rome Tokyo Nairobi Mexico City Wellington Abuja Lima Manila Moscow Bern Bangkok Ankara London Washington, D.C. Lusaka Place of Interest

The Great Wall of China The pyramids of Giza The Eiffel Tower The Statue of Zeus The Taj Majal The Hanging Gardens of Babylon The Colosseum

Chichen Itza & the pyramid of Kukulcan

Machu Picchu

Temple of Artemis at Ephesus The 2012 Olympics

Mosts and Leasts


Most Populous State Least Populous State Largest State in Area Smallest State in Area Highest Mountain in North America Lowest Point in North America Most Populous City in the USA Most Populous Country Least Populous Country Most Populous Continent Least Populous Continent Largest Country in Area Smallest County in Area Largest Ocean Largest Lake Largest Coral Reef Largest Island Highest Waterfall Longest River Largest Volcano California Wyoming Alaska Rhode Island Mount McKinley, Alaska, USA Death Valley, California, USA New York City China Vatican City Asia Antarctica Russia Vatican City Pacific Ocean Caspian Sea Great Barrier Reef, Australia Greenland Angel Falls, Venezuela Nile Mauna Loa, Hawaii

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