Do you know where to spin your globe to find the Channel Islands? If you had a blank map, could you tell the difference between Thailand and Vietnam, or Oklahoma and Idaho? Know whether Guatemala is located in Central or South America? Prove your knowledge of the planet with our world geography quiz!
The world is a busy place, with nearly 200 countries on seven different continents, ranging from massive places like Canada and Russia to tiny map dots like Vatican City or Monaco. Flowing in and between these borders are five oceans, plus hundreds of seas, rivers, and lakes.
With such a big and beautiful world out there to explore, you might be surprised just how little the average person knows about geography. When National Geographic did a survey in 2006, only about half of all adults questioned could find New York State on a map, and fewer than half could locate the country of India. Despite the fact that wars in the Middle East were dominating headlines at that time, 63 percent couldn't find Iraq or a map, and 90 percent couldn't locate Afghanistan.
OK, but surely people are smarter today, right? Nope. A 2017 article in "The Washington Post" revealed that only 36 percent of adults could locate North Korea on a map.
Think you've got better than average map reading skills? Know where most major countries are located on a map? Take our quiz to test your world geography IQ!
The earth is the third planet from the sun. Let's start with the basics here!
13,170,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 lbs is roughly the weight of the earth. Our planet is 4.6 billion years old.
There are five main oceans on earth. They include, the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic and Southern Ocean.
The Pacific Ocean is the deepest body of water in the world. It goes down almost 11,000 m.
The Philippine Sea is the largest sea in the world. It measures 2.199 million sq mi.
Greenland is the largest island in the world. It measures 836,330 sq mi. New Guinea is the second largest island.
A grouping of islands is known as an archipelago. Small islands are called islets, and rocky islands are called skerrys.
The Amazon river is the largest in the world. It runs for 836,330 sq mi in South America
The Caspian Sea is the largest fresh water body of water in the world. The second largest is Lake Superior.
The Sahara desert is located in North Africa. It's the largest desert in the world, measuring 3,552,140 sq mi.
The Mohave Desert is located in the American southwest. It measures 47,877 sq mi.
The Gobi Desert is located in Mongolia. It measures 500,002 sq mi and it’s the largest cold winter desert.
Aswan, Egypt, is the driest inhabited place on earth. It only gets 0.2 inches of rainfall each year. Luxor, Egypt, is the second driest inhabited place in earth.
There are seven recognized continents on earth. Australia is its own continent.
Asia is the largest continent on earth. It measures 17,212,200 sq mi.
Australia/Oceana is the smallest continent on earth. It measures 2,969,907 sq mi.
There are a whopping 54 countries in Africa. Second up is Europe, which has 46 countries.
There are 12 countries in South America. It is the continent with the fewest countries.
Russia is the largest country in the world. It measures 6,592,846 sq mi. The second largest country is Canada.
The US is 4th largest country in the world. China is the third largest country in the world.
Vatican City is the smallest country in the world. It’s only 0.17 sq mi. The second smallest country in the world is Monaco.
Egypt is the oldest country in the world. King Menes started this country from 3150-3500 B.C.
Luxembourg is the second richest country in the world, after the United States. It has a GNP of $45,360.
China and Russia are the countries with the most land borders in the world. Both have a total of 14 countries bordering them.
Mountains are formed by erupting volcanoes. Volcanoes are formed by the movement of tectonic plates. Not all mountains are volcanic.
Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world, reaching 29,035 ft. The border between China and Nepal falls on the summit of the mountain, so it is technically located in both countries.
Most of the tallest mountains in the world are located in Nepal. These include Mt. Everest, Kangchenjunga, and Lhotse.
Mt. Kilimanjaro is located in Africa. It measures 19,563 ft.
Libya is the hottest country on average on earth. It might have something to do with all that desert!
Antartica is the coldest place on earth. The average daily temperature is -56.7°F.
Mawsynram, Assam, India, is the wettest place on earth. The average annual rainfall is 467.4 inches.
Asia has the greatest population of any continent. The total in 2016 was 4,436,224,000, with Africa coming in second.
Vatican City is surrounded by Italy. It has a population of only 800!
China's population is roughly close to that of India. They both have well over 1 billion people.
Shanghai, China is the most populous city in the world. The second on the list is Karachi, Pakistan.