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UNITED STATES GEOGRAPHY TRIVIA

1) What is the longest river in the United States?


At 2,565 miles (4,130), the Missouri River is the longest river in the United States and drains approximately one sixth of the North American continent. It serves as a tributary of the Mississippi River. The combined Missouri-Mississippi river system is the fourth longest river in the world.

2) What state is bordered by Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming?


Colorado is bordered by Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Colorado means "colored red" and is known as the "Centennial State".

3) Death Valley is located in what U.S. state?


Given its name during the 1849 gold rush by emigrants looking to cross it, Death Valley is located in the northern Mojave Desert of southern California. Famous for its brutal heat, on July 10, 1913, it became the location of the hottest temperature ever recorded in the United States (and the second hottest ever recorded in the world) with a scalding temperature of 134°F (56.6°C). The valley usually receives less than 2 inches (5 cm) of rain each year. Ironically, during the late Pleistocene period, Death Valley was submerged beneath a prehistoric lake!

4) What U.S. state boasts the following rivers: the Guadalupe, Trinity, Rio Grande, Brazos, and Colorado?


Texas boasts the Guadalupe, Trinity, Rio Grande, Brazos, and Colorado rivers. It contains many other rivers as well, including the Pecos, Red, Sabine, and San Antonio rivers. Most of these rivers eventually flow into the Gulf of Mexico.

5) Which of the following states does NOT border the Great Lakes?


Iowa does NOT border the Great Lakes. It is a landlocked state, bordered by Minnesota, Wisconson, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

6) Which of the Great Lakes is located entirely within the U.S. border?


Lake Michigan is the only one of the Great Lakes located entirely within the U.S. border. The second largest Great Lake by volume with just under 1,180 cubic miles of water, it reaches its deepest point at about 925 feet.

7) Pierre is the capital of what U.S. state?


Founded in 1880 on the Missouri River opposite Fort Pierre, Pierre has been the state capital since South Dakota gained statehood on November 2, 1889.

8) What is the tallest mountain in the United States?


At 6,194 meters (20,320 ft) Mount McKinley, in Alaska, is the tallest mountain in the United States. In the Athabascan language, it is known as Denali which, translated, means "the great one". Named after former U.S. President William McKinley, this mountain was first ascended in 1913 by an expedition led by Hudson Stuck.

9) Lake Okeechobee is located in what U.S. state?


Lake Okeechobee is sometimes referred to as the "liquid heart" of South Florida. The second largest freshwater lake in the continental United States, it is quite shallow with an average depth of only 9 feet (2.7 meters).

10) What is the smallest U.S. state?


With an area of only 1,545 square miles (4,002 sq km), Rhode Island is easily the smallest U.S. state. One of the original thirteen colonies that revolted against British rule during the American Revolution, Rhode Island is known as "The Ocean State".

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