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Where on Earth quiz #27 – answered

February 27th, 2012 by Mike Carlowicz

For those of you who played geographical detective with the MISR image quiz, here are this month’s clues and answers:

1) Within this country lies a picturesque desert, located at the bottom right of the image. This desert was home to a group of enigmatic ancient people who were known for their skill and resourcefulness. Their capital is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Name the desert and the given name of the people.

The Rum Desert or Wadi Rum, and the people are the Nabateans.

2) The wavy lines that cross the middle of the image are natural geologic features that often carry descriptive names of their location. What is the native word used to accurately describe these features?

The native word is the Arabic word for valley: Wadi.

3) The name of the body of water at the bottom of the image is actually a misnomer. The nearby hills that protect the landscape from weather fronts also enable a “rain shadow,” thus contributing to the surrounding aridity. What is the name of the body of water?

The body of water is the Dead Sea.

4) At the bottom left, small city developments are visible. One of those cities came was developed at the beginning of the 20th century. It now accounts for 50 percent of the industrial output of the country. Name the city.

The city is Zarqa.

5) The landscape dominating most of the image is an extension of a much larger, natural feature. This feature is home to a very limited floristic diversity and to a number of critical and endangered species—though there are no formally protected areas. Name this feature.

It is the Arabian Desert.

6) Name the country that fills most of the area in this image.


Nearly 250 people from around the world responded before the deadline. Individuals who answered all questions correctly are listed below in the order in which responses were received. The prize winners are indicated by an asterisk. Well done to all and thank you for participating!

1. James Mackie, Fort Collins, CO *
2. Philip Bedggood, Melbourne, Australia *
3. Roel Duijnhouwer, Oud-Beijerland, The Netherlands *
4. Britt Smith, Madison, WI
5. Kristin Poinar, Seattle, WA
6. Pam Stewart, Eugene, OR
7. Tyler Rundel, Topanga
8. John Thomas, Oakland, IA
9. Ivan P Anderson, Ditton, Kent, England
10. Jonathan Frishtick, Norwich, VT

7 Responses to “Where on Earth quiz #27 – answered”

  1. Sarah says:

    Amazing! Ths is fantastic 🙂

  2. Andre Loxas says:

    I can’t believe I lost this opportunity, I knew all the answers. It won`t happen again!

  3. Anand says:

    I was thinking it is Tajikistan

  4. John Wicox says:

    I was guessing in the right part of the world, just wrong country. Definitely going to be a little more diligent in my studying!

  5. Empréstimo says:

    Perdi essa oportunidade fica para proxima.

  6. Shayne says:

    I can’t believe I lost this opportunity, I knew all the answers. It won`t happen again!

  7. Mohammed says:

    Sure Jordan