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Asian Physical Geography

Can you answers these answers that pertain to the physical geography of Asia?
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Last updated: December 31, 2020
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First submittedJanuary 19, 2015
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Highest mountain
Mount Everest
Range of the above
Himalayas
Second highest mountain
K2
Peninsula of Thailand and Vietnam, et al
Indochina
Bay between the above and India
Bay of Bengal
The vast eastern regions of Russia
Siberia
Subarctic forest biome in the above
Taiga
Biggest deserts
Arabian
Gobi
Biggest lakes
Caspian Sea
Lake Baikal
Lowest elevation on land
(shores of this lake)
Dead Sea
Hint
Answer
Largest islands
New Guinea
Borneo
Sumatra
Honshu
Sulawesi
Java
Luzon
Longest river
Yangtze
Twin rivers of Mesopotamia
Tigris
Euphrates
Gulf that the above flow into
Persian Gulf
Mountain pass between Pakistan
and Afghanistan
Khyber pass
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Level 79
Jan 20, 2015
Glad I was trying to guess "Arabian Bay", even though it was rather stupid in retrospect.
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Level 89
Jan 20, 2015
Funny, I kept trying the 'Persian Desert.' :) No joke.
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Level 84
Jan 20, 2015
Once again, New guinea is not an asian island...
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Level ∞
Jan 20, 2015
We consider Indonesia to be in Asia and Papua New Guinea to be in Oceania, which splits the island in half. You may consider this to be arbitrary, but consider that the boundary between Europe and Asia is equally arbitrary.
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Level 84
Jan 20, 2015
Let's make clear that my upper comment was posted before those on the Oceania quiz. Sorry if I seem aggressive, but I really can't understand why you say that... The boundary between Europe and Asia is a bit artificial, still it's based on physical elements : Sea of Marmara and its straits, Black Sea, Caucasus, Ural. Seriously, New Guinea is generally considered as being part of Oceania. It is Indonesia that straddles two continents...
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Level 76
Mar 20, 2015
I agree with Arp. The divide between Asia and Oceania/Australasia sits within the the political entity of Indonesian. The island of New Guinea is on the Sahul tectonic plate with Australia and is not part of Asia.
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Level 57
Mar 30, 2015
The border between Asia and Oceania could be drawn in a lot of places, many proposals have good supporting arguments. (Personally, I would draw it even further west so Timor would also be in Oceania.) In cases like this, I'd recommend following the global consensus, just for the sake of neutrality and to not start arguments. There will always be those people in the comments complaining about it. Anyway, it's just 1 out of the 24 questions and quiz takers who are prepared for stuff like this will get it anyway.
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Level 82
May 14, 2016
In my mind, islands aren't part of continents, unless inland. Continents are land masses. Islands are separate land masses. I could accept a definition based on continental shelf geography. But not political. And I don;t understand, really, why Asia and Europe are two continents, other than politically. But not by physical geography.
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Level 74
Jul 17, 2017
I think that the thing called Oceania is normally a collection of places where Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian people are indigenous. The complicating factor is Indonesia, the eastern portion of which would thus qualify as part of Oceania. If Indonesia were split on such a line, I don't think there would be much debate about how to categorize the island of Timor (East Timor is usually categorized as part of Asia) or the island of New Guinea - they'd both be part of the Melanesian, and thus Oceanic, region.
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Level 64
Jul 17, 2017
I have a solution, lets just merge the two continents in to one continent called "Austrasialia"
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Level 69
Jul 30, 2019
I am coming late in this debate but again Arp is right. Considering New Guinea as part of Asia because it is in part occupied by Indonesia would be equivalent to consider the Balkans part of Asia because Turkey covers a part of it; or Sinai part of Africa because it is Egyptian. When you talk about islands you refer to physical geography, not political geography. In any encyclopedia and you will find that New Guinea is part of Oceania and different sub-continental georgaphical areas. Indonesia is a country with land on two continents. Sorry Quizmaster but there is nothing arbitrary in there, your suggestion is simply geographically wrong. This really needs to be fixed, pleaaaase!
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Level ∞
Nov 25, 2020
Sulps is correct. I didn't make up this continent boundary and I'm not going to arbitrarily change it no matter how many people comment. It doesn't matter. The important thing is to be consistent, which we are.
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Level 60
Dec 2, 2020
Maybe consider looking at the Wallace line, and remaking quizzes to align with that? It divides Indonesia along where Afro-Eurasian animals and Australian animals meet at their farthest reaches, but don't mix. While I agree consistency is important, the world seems to be moving towards this as the divide between Asia and Oceania.
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Level 71
Dec 31, 2020
I'd have to agree with everyone else here. I know that continents are arbitrarily defined, but the UN, Wikipedia, and many other online sources suggest that the Indonesian side of New Guinea is Oceanian.

Even ignoring geography, from a cultural and ethnic perspective, the people of Indonesian New Guinea seem to have more in common with the people of Papua New Guinea than with the people of Sumatra and Java. If culturally, ethnically, and geographically Indonesian New Guinea is part of Oceania, why shouldn't that trump political boundaries?

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Level 55
Dec 31, 2020
QM, the thing is that the general accepted border between Oceania and Asia actually includes all of New Guinea as Oceania. Also the tectonic boundary (The same reason Greenland is North American.) Puts all of New Guinea on the Australian plate in some pictures, and in others puts more of the Indonesian side on the Australian plate, with the rest divided between the Sunda and Pacific plates. New Guinea is also part of Melanesia, which is part of Oceania. Anyway just my personal opinion, and any data that's represented gives it's own bias.
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Level 67
Dec 31, 2020
From the Wikipedia article on Asia: "New Guinea, to the east of the islands, being wholly part of Oceania". Can clearly be seen in the map on the top of the article. QM is being irrational and stubborn, New Guinea being in Oceania is the standard definition that is almost always used, and it's the one that should be used here if Jetpunk wants to reflect accepted conventions. Continent boundaries, arbitrary though they may be (though this one has some basis in tectonics), always lie along geographical lines and never along political ones. Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Panama also lie on two continents.
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Level 35
Oct 29, 2021
Panama isnt on 2 continents. The canal is man made and had it been built in Nicaragua instead, Costa rica and Panama wouldn't count as South America. If you look at a map a small bit of Colombia stems out away from the mainland but not the otherway round
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Level 75
Jan 21, 2015
Without taking sides on this one (I can see merit in both arguments) I'll observe it's yet another situation with two different, but both "right", answers that the jetpunk experience has revealed to me. So many gray areas in geography. The next time I take an Indonesia quiz I'll glance to see whether Arp2600 or Quizmaster has set it before answering accordingly :)
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Level 75
Jan 21, 2015
For the "Lowest Elevation" question I thought you wanted a number! Since I thought "this lake" was referring to the prior question (Caspian) I would have gotten it wrong anyway.
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Level 84
Mar 30, 2015
That number changes routinely as the Dead Sea continues to get lower and lower.
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Level 84
Mar 30, 2015
It was 400 something meters below sea level when I was last there.
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Level 64
Jul 17, 2017
I don't know, with all those plate tectonics it could be much lower by now, or higher. It would only take, what? 10 million years?
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Level 62
Jul 17, 2017
With all those plate tectonics it could be much quicker. Things are moving fast in Israel.
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Level 74
Mar 30, 2015
That's what I was guessing as well...kept trying basic numbers, sometimes with an 'm' for metres! I even though - "This can't be right anyway, the shore of the Dead Sea must be lower"...especially ridiculous since I live 40km from it.
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Level 66
Apr 2, 2020
I stupidly tried red sea before realizing my mistake... (but before I realized that I was confused and started trying weird things haha specific names for the shoreline)
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Level 24
Mar 30, 2015
Just wondering if the Caspian Sea counts as a lake. Wouldn't it count as a SEA? If not, please make that clue a bit clearer. Perhaps put "Biggest lake/sea" as the clue. Thanks.
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Level 49
Mar 30, 2015
5.5 million years ago, due to tectonic uplift, the Caspian Sea got landlocked. That is how it now falls under the category of "lakes", being the largest in the world.
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Level 59
Jul 17, 2017
It's a lake - it's totally cut off from any other seas or oceans, so it meets the definitions of a lake. The name might be a little misleading, but once learned it's never forgotten! (there is also the Aral Sea, which is a lot smaller than the Caspian Sea, even at its natural size decades ago, but is still a lake and still has the word "sea" in its name)
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Level 56
Mar 30, 2015
I started coming to this site about a year ago. I wouldn't have known any of these answers then, and now I got 21/24.
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Level 56
Apr 1, 2015
To clarify - I did know the highest mountains and their range, Eastern Russia, the rivers at the dawn of civilisation and the lowest place, but not one of the islands by name, the longest river, the lakes.
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Level 55
Mar 30, 2015
For my entire time...For my ENTIRE time here on JetPunk I thought when people said "the above" they were talking about some continental spiritual god or something. I JUST found out they are talking about the answer above the current highlighted box
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Level 84
Apr 11, 2015
So you figured out that there is no body of water between god and the subcontinent of India?
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Level 67
Jul 17, 2017
LOL
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Level 56
Apr 19, 2015
I don't know if this would qualify as nitpicking, but K2 is in the Karakoram Range, so you might want to consider changing the wording for the mountain range question to refer primarily to the single tallest mountain. I suppose it could also be possible that I'm missing some common understanding that the Karakoram is not an independent range.
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Level 35
Oct 29, 2021
the question says. The second highest mountain and regardless what range its in the answer is K2 therefore being correct
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Level 11
Jun 22, 2015
The Arabian Desert has other names, which are the Rub Al Khali and the Empty Quarter.
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Level 83
Jul 17, 2015
Yes, please accept Empty Quarter or Rub Al Khali. I tried both, but could not think of Arabian desert.
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Level 57
Oct 9, 2016
The islands were the toughest part. Finally figured out it was the Indonesian ones. Couldn't spell Sulawesi, so typed Celebes, was happy that is was accepted.
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Level 59
Jul 17, 2017
Wow I can't believe I missed the Persian gulf :/ On the plus side, I feel like God for getting Sulawesi.
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Level 63
Jul 17, 2017
I think you should accept Chhogori for K2, it's very common name for this peak
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Level 59
Aug 14, 2017
So common that I've never heard it called that or seen it written like that before!
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Level 59
Aug 14, 2017
A quick look on Wiki and I find that Chhogori is the name for the mountain in local languages - in other words, not in English.
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Level 67
Jul 17, 2017
First 100% I've gotten in ages! Awesome quiz
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Level 47
Aug 30, 2017
Classic.

Did this quiz without reading it specifically being Asian answers and getting miffed that Baffin Island or Lake Superior didn't make any of the answers.. then going and looking up Baffin Island's square Km's compared to Honshu just to make sure I was right..then coming back to complain how dumb this quiz is and realizing I was the dupe all along.

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Level 62
Aug 31, 2017
Aral Sea - always remember :(
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Level 53
Dec 14, 2018
Isn’t K2 in the Karakoram range
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Level 72
Aug 25, 2020
New Guinea is part of Oceania...
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Level 50
Jan 6, 2021
It belongs to Papua New Guinea, and Papua New Guinea is in Asia
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Level 64
Mar 15, 2021
Not at all. It's shared by Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Te debate is whether it is Indonesia that has an Oceanian part on the island of New Guinea or New Guinea which is split between Asia (Indonesian part) and Oceania (Papua New Guinea, which is an Oceanian country).
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Level 75
Nov 13, 2020
Shame Cyprus isn't larger. That might have caused some debate.
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Level 72
Dec 31, 2020
It's in Europe anyway so it wouldn't apply to this quiz.

(that should spark it off :)

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Level 75
Jan 14, 2021
I agree. It's definitely in Europe.
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Level 35
Oct 29, 2021
how is it in Europe. Its closer to the Asian mainland being much closer to Asian Turkey, Israel, Lebanon and even egypt. Culturally and politically its European but so is Israel and nobody says Israel is european
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Level 82
Dec 31, 2020
K2 is in the Karakoram range, not the Himalayas. I see this was mentioned in the comments in 2015 and 2018, but has never been fixed.
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Level 53
Dec 31, 2020
K2 is located in the Karakoram range
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Level ∞
Dec 31, 2020
Finally fixed.
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Level 60
Dec 31, 2020
For some reason, I was convinced that the Khyber Pass was from Star Wars and therefore did not bother typing it in.
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Level 66
Jan 1, 2021
I knew Khyber Pass from Kite Runner
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Level 75
Jan 14, 2021
I know it from the Carry On films.
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Level 47
Jan 5, 2021
Huanghe is what the Chinese call the Yangtze and should be recognized as an answer, also Qomolangma is what the Tibetans call Mount Everest and therefore should also be accepted as an alternative answer.
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Level 71
Jan 10, 2021
Huang He is the Chinese name for the Yellow River, not the Yangtze.
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Level 40
Jan 10, 2021
Shouldn't 'Mount Godwin Austen' be an acceptable answer for K2?
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Level 53
Mar 10, 2021
Can you accept "boreal forest" for "Taiga"?
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Level 53
Mar 18, 2021
Does the Caspian Sea count as a sea or a lake?
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Level 35
Oct 29, 2021
It's a lake. the reason its called a sea is because it used to have a connection the black sea which has connections to the rest of the world but now its sealed off therefore making it a lake
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Level 57
Feb 19, 2022
Hindu Kush?
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Level 55
Sep 3, 2022
could you accept baykal and bajkal for baikal?