How Many Can Geo Challenge Questions can you Answer?

The Canadian Geographic Challenge is an annual national student competition organized by Canadian Geographic Education for over twenty years. The competition focuses on developing fundamental geographic facts and skills and igniting passion in students’ academic careers.

Can Geo Challenge 2018. Photo by Lindsay Ralph
Can Geo Challenge 2018. Photo by Lindsay Ralph

The Geographic Challenge is sponsored by RCGS Honorary President Alex Trebek, providing students with the opportunity to gather for a live competition at the National level in Ottawa, with the winner taking home a prize of $5000. The Challenge begins in the classroom with students grades 4-10 (Level 1 and 2) completing the online competition and naming a ‘School Champion’. From there, Champions from grades 7-10 (Level 2 only) move to the provincial/territorial level and complete another online competition. Of the provincial/territorial winners, a total of 20 of Canada’s best geography students from across the country are invited to participate in the National Final in Ottawa.

One Ocean Expeditions works with our partners at The Royal Canadian Geographical Society to support Canadian Geographic Education projects and to integrate Can Geo programming into the OOE education programs onboard. Finalists of the Can Geo Challenge are invited to travel onboard our Canadian Signature Experience ‘Fins & Fiddles’ voyage.

Andrew Prossin and the Can Geo finalists. Photo by Boomer Jerritt
Andrew Prossin and the Can Geo finalists. Photo by Boomer Jerritt

Ever wondered how you would fare in the Can Geo Challenge? If so, try the questions below!

  • When the barometric pressure drops 28 millibars in 24 hours, the resulting storm is called?
      1. Weather bomb
      2. Wind chill
      3. Atlantic storm
      4. Hurricane
  • This is one of the world’s warmest seas, growing as the Arabian and African tectonic plates drift apart.
    1. Labrador
    2. Black
    3. Red
    4. Beaufort
  • What is a potential positive impact of climate change on Canada’s agricultural industry?
    1. Increasing foreign species on farmland
    2. Decreasing nutrient concentration in the soil
    3. Decreasing weight gain of livestock
    4. Increasing length of the growing season
  • Which ocean current brings cold, dry air to the Atlantic coast, inflicting harsh winters on the Maritimes?
    1. Alaska
    2. Labrador
    3. Gulf Stream
    4. Baffin
  • When sunlight is refracted by tiny ice crystals in high-altitude cirrus clouds, the result is a ring of coloured light. What is this ring better known as?
    1. Halo
    2. Sun dog
    3. Rainbow
    4. Sun cloud
  • What is the term for excessive nutrients added to estuaries and coastal waters?
    1. Ocean Acidification
    2. Hypoxia
    3. Algal bloom
    4. Eutrophication

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