Category Archives: Geography

Reaching Out to More of the World!

Nine days ago, I wrote a post called Reaching Out to the World. I asked anyone who visited my blog to leave a comment stating which country they’re from.  So far, I have five countries, though most people who responded are from the United States. I’ve also had people from the UK, Canada, Germany, and Ireland leave a comment.

CIA_WorldFactBook-Political_world.pdfBut this is just the beginning. If you are reading this, and you haven’t seen that post yet, then go over there and leave a comment. Also, share that post on any social media platform you like. I would love to see comments from many different countries.

Let’s grow that list of countries!

Reaching Out to the World

Welcome. I see you’re from Earth. That’s great, because I want to have visitors from all over the world. So, here’s what I’d like to do. It’s my Reaching Out to the World Project.

CIA_WorldFactBook-Political_world.pdfI’m sure you’re from somewhere on that map. Well, I’d like you to do a few simple things for this project. It’s really easy.

First, leave a comment on this post saying which country you’re originally from.

Second, share this post on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Reddit, and so on. Reblog if you like.

Third, and this is optional, tell your international blogger friends about this post, and ask them to leave a comment.

Easy, isn’t it?  I’ll update the countries that are represented here in a list below. I’d love to see blogs from all over the world. Everyone has a unique perspective. So, if you’re interested, then leave your comment and share this post. I’d love to see how many countries we can get. Thank you!

Countries so far:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Paul Barbato Is My Idol

Geography Now is one of the greatest channels on YouTube, if you ask me. Created by Paul Barbato last year, it aims to tell about every country in the world in alphabetic order. That is a big project to undertake.

Geography may sound dry to some people, but Geography Now makes it both informative and entertaining. It’s even sparked some massive arguments between rival countries’ viewers. Paul has taken it all in stride and is working as hard as ever to deliver wonderful videos. And those videos have been improving in quality all the time. Here’s his first one, Afghanistan.

And his most recent, Botswana.

And you know what? Canada is coming soon. I’m excited to see that video. I’ll share it when it’s up in the coming months.

And finally, to Paul, if you ever read this, you’re not really my idol. However, what you’re doing is great. Not just great, but wonderful. I’m looking forward to watching every single video you make about each country. It’s probably too late to give you help with Canada, since I’m sure you have a lot of people from Canada already offering to help, but I’d love to contribute to the Japan video, since I’ve been living there for more than ten years. Though that country probably won’t be profiled any time soon, will it? It’s close to the middle of the alphabet. And if I’m ever in LA, I’d love to meet up with you and talk about geography!

And yes, I have done a post about Geography Now before, but I just had to talk about it again.

Sincerely,

Paul Barbato’s fan, Jay Dee.

How Much Did You Know About the United States?

320px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svgI did another quiz, this time about the United States. Well, here are the answers.

1. What’s the capital of the United States?

It’s Washington, D.C.

2. What are the three largest cities in the US by metropolitan area population?

According to the 2012 estimate, they are: New York City (23,462,099), Los Angeles (18,238,998), and Chicago (9,899,902).

3. What’s the population of the US?

The 2015 estimate is 321,163,157 people.

4. How many states are there?

There are 50, but I’m not going to list them all!

5. What is the largest state by area?

That would be Alaska with an area of 1,477,950 square kilometres.

6. Which state has the smallest population?

According to the 2013 estimate, that would be Wyoming with 582,658 people.

7. If you go directly south from Detroit, where do you end up?

I should’ve been a bit more clear with this question. I meant immediately south, like as soon as you leave Detroit, where are you? I will accept any of the following answers:

  • Canada
  • Windsor, Ontario
  • Ontario
  • Detroit River

So, how did you do? You’ll learn more when I begin Geography Quick Facts, including each state individually. Thanks for participating in the quiz!

Do You Know Anything About the United States?

320px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svgWith the successful response about Canada, I thought I’d ask about the United States. It seemed not many people were very knowledgeable about Canada, unless they lived there. Of course, most of my readers are Americans, so why not see what they know about their own country? And what do other people know about the USA? So, without looking up the information, I’d like you to answer the following questions. No cheating, please!

  1. What’s the capital of the United States?
  2. What are the three largest cities in the US by metropolitan area population?
  3. What’s the population of the US?
  4. How many states are there?
  5. What is the largest state by area?
  6. Which state has the smallest population?
  7. If you go directly south from Detroit, where do you end up?

I will be marking your answers, just like I’ll be marking the Canada answers. If you don’t do well, then you can learn a lot about the United States with Geography Quick Facts, coming soon!

How Much Did You Know About Canada?

320px-Flag_of_Canada.svgI asked some questions about Canada earlier today, and now it’s time to give the answers.  How did you do?

1. What’s the capital of Canada?

This is a pretty simple one. It’s Ottawa. It seems Montreal was a common answer, but the correct answer is Ottawa.

2. What are the three largest cities in Canada by metropolitan area population?

The common answers were Toronto and Montreal, but I also saw Quebec, Ontario (which is a province, not a city), Vancouver, and Calgary. Well, here are the answers, as of the 2011 census:

First is Toronto with 5,583,064. Second is Montreal with 3,824,221. Third is Vancouver with 2,313,328.

3. What’s the population of Canada?

We got some widely varying answers from as low as 5 million to as high as 80 million. Well, the official estimated population as of 2015 is 35,749,600. Were you close?

4. How many provinces are there?

There are 10 provinces and 3 territories. The provinces from west to east are: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. The territories are: Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.

5. What’s the most widely spoken language in Canada?

It looks like most people got this one. English, of course. 56.9% of Canadians speak English as a first language, while 21.3% speak French as a first language.  16.1% speak both languages (bilingual).

How did you do? I hope you learned a bit about Canada. In the future, I’ll be covering all of the countries in the world, including Canada, with the Geography Quick Facts series. You’ll be able to learn about countries in a quick and easy way. Thanks for answering the questions.

Do You Know Anything About Canada?

320px-Flag_of_Canada.svgWhat do you know about Canada? I’m sure you know the flag has a maple leaf. But what else do you know? I’m going to give you a simple geography quiz. Please answer the questions in the comments without looking up the answer. This will be quick, I promise. But I’d also like you to say where you’re from. Let’s see how well the Canadians and the non-Canadians do.  Ready?

  1. What’s the capital of Canada?
  2. What are the three largest cities in Canada by metropolitan area population?
  3. What’s the population of Canada?
  4. How many provinces are there?
  5. What’s the most widely spoken language in Canada?

I will be marking your answers. If you didn’t do well, then my upcoming series Geography Quick Facts will definitely help!