How Well Do You Know Your World?

Today is the start of Geography Awareness Week, an annual event that was started by the National Geographic Society back in 1987. It’s aimed at school kids, but I find most adults need a bit of refreshing too.

Here’s a good test of where your geo-knowledge stands… sit down with a blank piece of paper and a pencil and draw a map of the world. Or take a look at a blank outline map and see how many countries you can name. Do you know where to find the Andes, Himalayas, Alps, Atlas Mountains? The Sahara, the Kalahari, the Atacama deserts? Can you picture in your imagination what these places are like, what everyday life is like for the people who live there?

Being a BootsnAll traveller, I’ll bet you’re well above the average. But I also bet you still have some gaps in your picture of the world, especially if you are from the U.S.

Every year, Geography Awareness Week offers a chance to fill in some of those gaps. This year’s theme is Africa… a great destination for eco-travellers!

Find out how much you know (or don’t know) about Africa…
…can you name all the countries on a map of Africa?
…here’s a short quiz about the natural landscapes of Africa.
…here’s an excellent overview of Africa’s physical features — rivers, mountains, deserts, and more, with gorgeous slideshows.

Here are some great destinations on the continent, from EcoTravelLogue’s archives:
…South Africa’s Wild Coast
…Ghana opens a new national park in the rain forest
…More new parks, in the Congo basin
…A balloon tour above the Serengeti
Uganda invites eco-tourists.

Come back to EcoTravelLogue every day this week for a look at all the varied geographic aspects of Africa.