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World's second highest mountain, part of the Karakoram Range
Mount in Turkey on which Noah's Ark is believed to have come to rest
Italian peak that is the only active volcano on the European mainland
Europe's largest mountain system, beginning near the Mediterranean Sea, forming border between France and Italy, extending to Slovenia
Japan's highest mountain, located on the island of Honshu
Volcanic mountain on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, erupted in 1991 for the first time in 600 years
Ecuadorian mountain that is one of the world's highest active volcanoes
Mountain chain that forms a natural barrier between France and Spain
Range running from the Scottish border in the Cheviot Hills through central England
Africa's second highest mountain
Peak in the Pennine Alps on the Swiss-Italian border
World's longest chain of mountains above sea level, stretching along South America's west coast from Cape Horn to Panama and Venezuela
Mountain range in Russia and Kazakhstan and considered to be one of the boundaries between Europe and Asia
Swiss Alps mountain near Interlaken
Range of the Alps along the Swiss-Italian border from the Great St. Bernard Pass to the Simplon Pass
World's 3rd highest mountain, located in the Himalayas on the border between Nepal and India
Mountain range in Russia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan, rising between the Black and the Caspian seas -- often considered Europe's southeastern limit
Italian island in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the northeastern coast of Sicily famous for its volcano
Italian mountain range extending from the Gulf of Genoa to the Strait of Messina
Himalayan mountain at over 26,000 feet in north-central Nepal that was the highest one climbed before Mt. Everest was scaled
Active volcano on the island of Sicily
New Zealand's highest peak
Northwestern African mountains in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia
Mountain in Greece said by the early Greeks to be the home of the Gods
Volcanic mountain in Mexico named for the Aztec for Smoking Mountain
Highest mountain in the Alps, located on the French-Italian border
Mountain system in Mexico consisting of 3 ranges referred to as the Oriental, Occidental, and del Sur
Himalayan mountain at about 27,800 feet near Mt. Everest on the border between Nepal and Tibet
Mountain range from Serbia across central Bulgaria to the Black Sea
Central Asian chain of mountains forming part of the boundary between eastern Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan
Canada's highest mountain, located in the Yukon territory near the Alaskan border
Highest mountain in the British Isles, located in western Scotland
Central European mountains extending about 900 miles along the Slovakian-Polish border into Ukraine and Romania
Volcano in the Sunda Strait of Indonesia, between the islands of Sumatra and Java, that exploded in 1883, killing about 36,000 people
Extinct volcanic mountain in Ecuador in the Andes
World's highest mountain system, which forms a barrier separating India from the Tibetan plateau in China and is named with the Sanskrit for Snowy Range
Largest mountain measured from the base below the sea to its peak
The southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, excluding the extensions
The northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, excluding extensions
The Russian name for Mt. McKinley whose unfortunate similarity to a curse prompted a name change after America's acquisition of Alaska
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Apr 28th, 2012 at 18:25 GMT
Hope you enjoy. Any advice or corrections would be welcome.
May 2nd, 2012 at 12:18 GMT
I applaud your choice of Kashmir as the listed location of K2 over Pakistan, saving yourself the unlikely but possible wrath from a rogue hyper-nationalist Indian (myself excluded). If Sporclers ran the world, there would be eternal peace and understanding.
May 3rd, 2012 at 11:04 GMT
badass quiz! I found one typo - "Africa's second highes mountain" - needs a T.
May 4th, 2012 at 14:01 GMT
indianwolf1992 Thank you so much for the comment. I wish I could say that it was intentional, was just following my source. I am still a newbie, and just now finding that Geography can be fun!!! The best part is when I learn from the comments something new. Thank you for teaching me.
May 4th, 2012 at 14:13 GMT
halophex Thanks so much for the comment, and the catch...I have fixed i .
Aug 4th, 2012 at 02:11 GMT
Very good quiz. Only a minor remark: Mount Blanc isn't in the French-Italian-Swiss border (that would mean the tripoint) but only in the French-Italian border. Switzerland is at 17 km (11 miles) from the summit. By the way, "Bulshaia Gora" (that could be also transliterated as "Bolshaia") is simply 'big mountain' in Russian; it's the same adjective as Bolshoi (Teatr), 'big theater'. Not a great example of creativeness, I'd say.
Aug 4th, 2012 at 02:29 GMT
Dancastro: thanks for the kind words, the catch, and the critique. I have fixed the error. One reason why I liked including "Bulshaia Gora" is frankly, because of an uncredited claim in a wikipedia article, that the reason Americans changed the Russian name was that it sounded too much like a vulgarity. My guess is that is an "urban" legend, so to speak...but ohhhh how i do wish it is true. I did a little checking and could find nothing.
Aug 4th, 2012 at 13:55 GMT
K2 is located in Gilgit-Baltistan Northern areas region of Pakistan. not Kashmir.. It's not Kashmir just as Jammu is not Kashmir. the Vale of Kashmir and Azad Kashmir are areas of contention... but India's Jammu and Pakistan's Northern areas are much less controversial.
Aug 4th, 2012 at 18:18 GMT
xrebel, thank you for the note...I did a little research and this is what I found: K2, Chinese Qogir Feng, also called Mount Godwin Austen, called locally Dapsang or Chogori, the world’s second highest peak (28,251 feet [8,611 metres]), second only to Mount Everest. K2 is located in the Karakoram Range and lies partly in a Chinese-administered enclave of the Kashmir region within the Uygur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang of China and partly in the Gilgit-Baltistan portion of Kashmir under the administration of Pakistan. From: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/309107/K2 But to avoid controversy about something which I admittedly know nothing about, I changed the clue to read: World's second highest mountain, part of the Karakoram Range I hope that that will be acceptable.
Aug 5th, 2012 at 02:10 GMT
Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines is in the island of Mindanao, not Luzon.
Aug 5th, 2012 at 04:36 GMT
nibocoi: I thank you for your comment. However I checked several websites, and all mentioned Luzon, including this government one: http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/hazard/stratoguide/pinfact.html If you, or anyone, has any information to the contrary and would like to cite it, I will try to do more investigation into the matter.
Aug 6th, 2012 at 23:53 GMT
Just a small point of pedantry - it's "Mont Blanc", not "Mount Blanc", since the name is French.
Aug 7th, 2012 at 14:16 GMT
ChileNoseJam--not pedantic at all. Thank you for the correction. It has been changed. Also, loved http://www.sporcle.com/games/ChileNoseJam/geographyarguments and favorited and nominated it. Great Quiz.
Aug 13th, 2012 at 09:36 GMT
I find it odd so many people knew the southern end of the Appalachian Trail and so few knew the northern end.
Aug 14th, 2012 at 13:11 GMT
Riko: I didn't know either before making this quiz, but now I can generally remember the southern tip...I just think, It springs from Springer...have not learned the northern end by memory yet, though.
Aug 23rd, 2012 at 09:56 GMT
@Riko, I didn't know either of them, but I guessed Springer because it was an English name. I tried to guess a native-American sounding name for the other but failed.
Game published: Aug 29th, 2012 at 19:00 GMT
Aug 29th, 2012 at 21:18 GMT
Vesuvius - still active! Yikes, we're going to Italy next week!
Aug 29th, 2012 at 22:06 GMT
Playing this quiz brought my knowledge to new heights.
Aug 29th, 2012 at 22:33 GMT
@Stran - when I visited Sorrento in 1999 there had been news stories that scientists were worried an eruption was imminent. Whether the lack of one in the intervening 13 years makes one more or less likely in the near future, I'm not quite sure.
Aug 29th, 2012 at 23:12 GMT
"active" volcanoes are active on geological scales, not human time frames...might mean it won't erupt for centuries, just that there's still a magma chamber down below somewhere.
Aug 29th, 2012 at 23:42 GMT
All Sporclers must thank the Geodetic Survey of British India, that gave the second highest mountain in the world the mnemonic name of "K2". Unfortunately the series ends there.
Aug 29th, 2012 at 23:56 GMT
I mixed up Chimborazo and Cotopaxi. I guess that's an understandable mistake.
Aug 30th, 2012 at 00:53 GMT
The former Russian name for Mt. McKinley, Большая Гора, is more accurately written as "Bol'shaya Gora". When the Americans called it Mount McKinley, they didn't rename it, they named it for the first time — the Russian name literally means "Big Mountain" and was a sort of placeholder. The Russian name wasn't kept simply because Americans hadn't heard of the mountain, so they would not have known what it was called.
Aug 30th, 2012 at 01:50 GMT
A quick shout out to popestcyril, Congrats on your first published game!
Aug 30th, 2012 at 04:40 GMT
The Russian name for Denali was abandoned because it sounded too close to a curse in English? I call Bulshaia on that explanation.
Aug 30th, 2012 at 10:31 GMT
charolastra: actually, I accept the critcism. I had previously admitted the following in the comments before the quiz was published: One reason why I liked including "Bulshaia Gora" is frankly, because of an uncredited claim in a wikipedia article, that the reason Americans changed the Russian name was that it sounded too much like a vulgarity. My guess is that is an "urban" legend, so to speak...but ohhhh how i do wish it is true. I did a little checking and could find nothing.
Aug 30th, 2012 at 13:43 GMT
I still think you should change the transliteration; it's more like Bol'shaya Gora, with an "o" and an apostrophe (soft sign)
Aug 30th, 2012 at 19:40 GMT
@dancastro: "K2" comes from it being the second mountain of the Karakoram range to be surveyed. Most "K" mountains eventually received names, though some others (K7) still exist. K1, for example, became Masherbrum. It's 790m shorter than K2, so size doesn't matter (nickel for every time I've heard that!)
Aug 30th, 2012 at 20:02 GMT
Congrats on your first publish popestcyril!
Sep 1st, 2012 at 01:29 GMT
RussianPro: You are absolutely correct. That is the standard transliteration. My source apparently has a misspelling of the Library of Congress transliteration. Unfortunately it is out of my hands, as the quiz is published. But I appreciate the correction.
Thanks so much needapausebutton and skuban for the kind words, and an extra shout out to needapausebutton for everything.
Sep 13th, 2012 at 22:38 GMT
Thanks for acknowledging my comments, I hadn't realized that published quizzes cannot be edited. Sorry!
Mar 24th, 2013 at 16:39 GMT
Etna's started to explode again, that clue will probably have to be changed..
May 23rd, 2013 at 09:08 GMT
The silly story about "Bulshaia Gora" is definitely false. The word "bullsh*t" did not come into common usage until WW I (see, eg, Online Etymology Dictionary). Mount McKinley was named in 1896.
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