Questions tagged [geography]

A discipline generally relating to the lands and population.

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When I travel next, I want to reach the point on the earth that is exactly opposite my home, how can I discover where that is?

My wife and I are planning to travel to Japan next September (we are from Brazil). Since I was a child I have known that if I made a hole (a big one) straight down, I would reach Japan. Well, as the ...
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Is this airliner-shaped lake real?

On a flight over Utah, I spotted a strange shape on the flight route app on the seat LCD that looks just like an airliner: Not believing my eyes, I checked OsmAnd and sure enough, it's there! Here ...
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What point on the main land of The Netherlands is furthest away from any buildings?

Living in The Netherlands, I know my country is a crowded one. I typically can't leave a town for a couple of steps before arriving in the next one. So I was wondering, Where in The Netherlands am I ...
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From what point could you view the most US states?

A fairly simple question: from what single point could you see the most US states? It seems like it should be a popular tourist attraction.
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What's the highest number of countries whose borders meet at a single point?

What is the maximum number of countries meeting at a single point on earth? Where is it? What are the countries?
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From where in Ethiopia can I see the Red Sea?

Ethiopia is a landlocked country, however it's mostly high elevation (2000-2500m) and given that Eritrea seems to be narrow, I'm wondering if it's possible to see the Red Sea from Ethiopia. I'm ...
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Why is the flight time of London-Beijing and Tel Aviv-Beijing the same?

Flight time between London and Beijing is around 10hrs nonstop. Same goes for Tel Aviv and Beijing. Why is that? there's a 5hrs flight that separates London from Tel Aviv. Does it have to do with ...
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From what point could you view the most countries?

A fairly simple question: from what single point could you see the most countries? It seems like it should be a popular tourist attraction. This question lists 157 tripoints, however, there's also an ...
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Based on departure/arrive local time, how to know if my flight will be entirely at night?

Next September (2014) I will fly on vacation from São Paulo (GRU) to Doha (DOH), leaving at 02:45 (Brazil local time) and arriving at 23:00 (Qatar local time). Assuming that the flight has 13h ...
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How far away can I get with my car starting in Amsterdam?

It is a question I have been dreaming about since I can remember. Could I for example drive to Argentina from Amsterdam, or can I drive all the way to South-africa? What are the extremities of a get-...
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I've been told one state in the US is the easternmost, westernmost and northernmost state. How to visit the points?

According to what I've been told, one state (Alaska) has land which is considered the easternmost, northernmost, and westernnmost in all of the USA. What are the three points that allows it to claim ...
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Is the town of Continental Divide, New Mexico located on the actual continental divide?

There is a small town in New Mexico on I-40 called Continental Divide (wikipedia isn't very helpful here). I see on this map that the Continental Divide Trail doesn't pass through there, but passes ...
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Does the term “middle east” cover a certain set of countries? Could I be misunderstood when using it?

This, to me strange, topic has come up a few times lately, usually about Iran not being a middle eastern country. In fact it just came up in the chat room but pretty regularly when chatting to people ...
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Reaching all of Canada's “land's end” spots - which ones are marked?

I have been to Cape Gaspé at the end of the Gaspésie peninsula. When I got there, I was pleasantly surprised that the national park personnel set up a sign marking the land's end. It felt like ...
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What's the easternmost place in Asia?

On my current trip (like my previous) I've been in Europe and crossed the Bosphorous to Asia and proceeded further east (currently Tbilisi, Georgia). At some point I'd like to move even further east, ...
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How does one get to Lake Vivi, at the geographical center in Russia?

In 2008 I went to Novosibirsk, Russia, for a solar eclipse. We were told at the time that The Chapel of Nikolai the Miracle Maker in town marks the geographical center of Russia. I also went back in ...
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Is there any kind of monument or marker for the Tropic of Cancer along the coast on the east side of Taiwan?

On my way down the west coast of Taiwan some weeks ago I passed a large monument marking the Tropic of Cancer. The site itself was a bit cheesy but just having a monument at all to mark the tropic and ...
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Which place(s) are the first to cross into New Year?

Say I wanted to be the first to celebrate the New Year: what place or places are the first to cross the into the New Year and how do I get there? I think I remember this may be some South Pacific ...
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What would be the closest place to surf to Tbilisi, Georgia?

Being an Australian and travelling a lot, people are always asking me if I can surf - apparently that's a stereotype of us. So right now I'm on the other side of the world in Tbilisi, Georgia and ...
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Why fly along a rhumb line?

On April 4, 2012, El Al flight 4 from New York to Tel Aviv flew on an almost-a-rhumb-line route eastward rather than on the usual almost-a-great-circle line. Why might an airline choose to have one ...
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From what point on the earth's surface could you view the most UK counties?

Investigating from where you could view the most UK counties is what prompted my previous question on the US - I know you can view up to eight counties from the Malvern Hills, and a number of travel ...
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Why does it take longer to fly from London to Xi'an than to Beijing

I'm searching for flight tickets to fly to Xi'an from London. Geographically, Xi'an is closer to London compared to Beijing to London. However, it takes less than 10 hours to fly to Beijing while ...
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What's the least difference in longitude on a flight between a pair of IATA airports?

The obvious partner to this question : What's the 'straightest' east-west flight?: I flew from CBR - Canberra [35.2809° S, 149.1300° E] to ADL - Adelaide [34.9285° S, 138.6007° E] on Tuesday and ...
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Waterfalls you can walk behind near Maryland, USA

My girlfriend has always wanted to stand behind a waterfall. I'm hoping to propose to her at one. Anybody know of any near Maryland, USA?
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What's the least difference in latitude on a flight between a pair of IATA airports?

I flew from CBR - Canberra [35.2809° S, 149.1300° E] to ADL - Adelaide [34.9285° S, 138.6007° E] on Tuesday and noticed on the inflight map that it was very close to being perfectly west. As you can ...
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How can I calculate the sun rising time for a specific point on earth?

I'm looking for a tool, application, etc. that allows me to calculate the sun rising time for any specific point on the earth. I've found a lot of such tools, but all of them do not take mountains, ...
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What is the city center of Paris?

We are planning to go to Paris and want to know the normal (and not expensive) places to book a hostel or an Airbnb. I know for sure that these places won't be in the city center, but we want to know ...
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How would you refer to / search on this Alpine region?

Alpine Locals, noticing the area I have shaded in Photoshop ... I'm totally confused whether that would be the "North Tirol", "southern German Tirol", Oberammergauer, Unterammergau, cis-Austrian-...
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Can someone help me identify where this rock is located in Lanzarote?

Several years ago, I drove around Lanzarote, and came across this strange rock, but I cannot remember why. Can someone identify where it is?
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What are these mysterious craters?

Flying over southern Oregon or northern California, I saw these strange shapes. They look like burial mounds but are much much bigger... Can anyone tell me what they are?
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Are there other peaceful enclaves in the world like in Baerle-Nassau (Belgium/Nederlands)? [closed]

I recently discovered this very interesting geographical singularity in The Netherlands (or Belgium depending on how you see it) in Baerle-Nassau. Inside the Netherlands you can find a portion of ...
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Are there any natural lakes within 3-hours of Dallas?

I became engaged in a debate at work and I'm trying to track down an answer to the following: are there any natural (not man-made) lakes within a 3-hour drive of Dallas Texas? Keep in mind that this ...