From Sea to Shining Sea! Take the Ultimate North American Geography Quiz!


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Do you love geography? Have you traveled extensively throughout North America? Then this quiz is for you! Take the ultimate North American geography quiz and prove your knowledge of the rivers, oceans, mountains, and land of North America and take this quiz!

What engineering marvel in North America connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans?

The 50-mile (80-kilometer) Panama Canal, which was completed in 1914, is one of the most important waterways in the world — by connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the Isthmus of Panama, it dramatically shortens shipping routes.


Where is the lowest elevation in North America?

Death Valley's Badwater Basin in Furnace Creek, California, has the lowest elevation in North America at 282 feet (86 meters) below sea level.


True or false: Canada is the world's second largest country in total area.

This is true. Canada spans more than 3,855,100 square miles (9,984,670 square kilometers).


What region of North America is made of large expanses of prairie and steppe?

The Great Plains features a broad expanse of prairie and steppe that lies east of the Rocky Mountains in both the United States and Canada.


True or false: Three countries make up most of North America's land mass.

Canada, the United States and Mexico account for most of the North America land mass.


What mountain range includes North America's major Continental Divide?

The Great Divide runs north and south through the Rocky Mountains.


True or false: Nearly 80 percent of Greenland is covered in ice.

Greenland’s major physical feature is its massive ice sheet, which is second only to Antarctica’s in size. The Greenland ice sheet covers more than 700,000 square miles (1.8 million square km) — more than 80 percent of its total land area.


Which North American river would you cross to travel from El Paso, Texas, to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico?

The Rio Grande River separates the Texan and Mexican towns.


True or false: The Florida Everglades are the largest wetland system in the United States.

The Everglades cover more than 4,300 square miles (11,137 square kilometers) of southern Florida.


What kind of minerals have been mined in the Rocky Mountains?

The Rocky Mountain region has been mined for its copper, lead, gold, silver, tungsten, uranium and zinc.


What is the highest peak in North America?

Denali, which is located within Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska, stands at 20,320 feet (6,194 meters).


What is North America's largest mountain range?

The Rocky Mountains are the largest chain in North America, stretching from British Columbia, Canada, to New Mexico.


True or false: North America has three major desert regions.

The three major desert regions — the Sonoran, Mojave and Chihuahuan — are all in the American Southwest and Northern Mexico.


What is the largest freshwater lake in the North America?

Lake Superior the largest freshwater lake in North America.


What is the current population of North America?

The population of North America is expected to reach more than 533 million in 2016.


North America is the only continent with what?

Weather varies dramatically across the North American landscape. Climates range from arctic cold to equatorial heat and everything in between.


True or false: British Columbia borders two states.

British Columbia borders four states: Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.


What is the longest river in North America?

The Missouri River is North America's longest river, beginning in western Montana and ending 2,341 miles (3,767 kilometers) away, north of St. Louis, Missouri, where it enters the Mississippi River.


What is the most populous city in North America?

Mexico City is identified as the most populous city in North America, with a population of nearly 20 million.


North America is the ______ largest continent.

North America is the third largest continent, after Asia and Africa.


How many countries make up North America?

There are a total of 23 countries in North America, including all of the Caribbean and Central American countries, Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, the United States and Greenland.


How many physical regions is North America divided into?

North America is divided into five physical regions: the mountainous West, the Great Plains, the Canadian Shield, the varied eastern region and the Caribbean.


What mountain range in North America includes some of the youngest mountains on Earth?

Some of Earth's youngest mountains are in the Cascade Range of the U.S. states of Washington, Oregon and California, where some peaks began to form only about 1 million years ago.


How many islands, reefs and cays make up the Caribbean region of North America?

The Caribbean region includes more than 7,000 islands, islets, reefs and cays. Some have relatively flat and sandy terrain, while others are rugged, mountainous and volcanic.


What's the largest volcano in the United States?

While Kilauea in Hawaii is considered one of (if not <i>the</i>) most dangerous volcanoes in the U.S., it's actually Mauna Loa that is the largest.


How much of the world's freshwater do the Great Lakes hold?

The Great Lakes — Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario — contain about 21 percent of the world's freshwater.


True or false: It took more than 60 years to build the Hoover Dam.

It took more than 60 years from the time Maj. John Wesley Powell began to conduct geological studies of the Colorado River in 1869 until construction on the dam began in 1933. It only took five years to complete construction.


What two mountain ranges run along the entire Pacific Coast?

Both the Sierra Nevada and Cascades follow the Pacific Coast, shielding the humid winds that sweep in from the ocean.


How many major bodies of water (oceans and gulfs) does North America border?

North America borders four major bodies of water: the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Arctic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.


How many countries in North America are landlocked?

Every country in North America borders an ocean. Canada, the United States, and Mexico border both the Atlantic and the Pacific.


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