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Geography of the Soviet Union

Do you know these facts related to the geography of the USSR?
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Last updated: September 12, 2022
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What was the capital of the USSR?
Moscow
The USSR took up one-... of the Earth's land surface
Sixth
What were the three biggest cities in the USSR outside of present-day Russia?
Kiev
Tashkent
Baku
Which country did the USSR invade in September 1939?
Poland
The former name of Kaliningrad, taken from Germany after WWII
Königsberg
City where the Crimean Conference took place
Yalta
Island on which the Soviets attempted to place nuclear missiles
Cuba
The site of the biggest nuclear accident to have ever happened
Chernobyl
50.000 people used to live in this city near the previous answer, now it's a ghost town
Pripyat
Huge peninsula marking the east border of the Soviet Union
Kamchatka
Deepest and oldest freshwater lake in the world
Lake Baikal
Formerly the 4th largest lake in the world, but shrank heavily due to Soviet irrigation projects
Aral Sea
River that formed the border between the Soviet Union and China
Amur
What was the name of the highest mountain in the USSR, now located in Tajikistan?
Communism Peak
On what peninsula did the Soviets dig the deepest hole in the world?
Kola Peninsula
In what country is the Soviet spaceport located, where they among other things launched Sputnik?
Kazakhstan
What is the name of this spaceport?
Baikonur Cosmodrome
Site of the worst earthquake in Soviet history, claiming over 25.000 lives
Spitak
Which country was the first to declare independence?
Lithuania
How many countries have arisen from the dissolution of the USSR?
15
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Level 61
Sep 11, 2022
Aral Sea had been shrinking and filling throughout of its history so you can't blame Soviets for doing it. Still, Uzbekistan is much more responsible for shrinking the lake
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Level 66
Sep 11, 2022
I've done a bit of research since you wrote this message and found multiple articles explaining the main cause of the shrinking of the Aral Sea. In order to improve agriculture in the Soviet Union, Stalin launched the Great Plan for the Transformation of Nature. The USSR turned lands of the Uzbek SSR into cotton plantations and ordered the construction of irrigation canals to provide water to the crops in the middle of the plateau of the region. The Soviet Union moved water from the Anu Darya and Syr Darya rivers, the same rivers that fed the freshwater into the Aral Sea. This worked until the Soviets decided to move more water from these rivers, suddenly draining the Aral Sea.

So the USSR was definitely responsible for a big part of the shrinkage of the sea, but obviously the now independent state of Uzbekistan is also to blame, as they have continued this practice without paying any attention to the Aral Sea itself

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Level 70
Sep 11, 2022
Few notes:

"to declare independence*" rather than independency, which is not a word.

also you should accept 6th for sixth and possibly Heilongjiang for Amur.

for the mountain question, I think "The highest mountain in the USSR, now located in Tajikistan" is a cleaner phrasing, although I personally understood it anyways.

and I would say "In what country is* the Soviet spaceport located", since the country it was located in was the USSR, again, just makes it more clear.

other than those, cool quiz. I'm a fan of some questions like first to declare independence or country of the Soviet spaceport, which seem pretty natural but are maybe not as widely known. Could do without the Chernobyl questions, as that feels like it's been done a million times, but it's your quiz.

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Level 66
Sep 11, 2022
Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it. I'm not a native English speaker so the phrasing can be a little bit strange. I've changed the wording of some of the questions to have a cleaner phrasing. Fun fact, 'independency' is a word, but it's definitely not supposed to be used like I did, so I've changed it.

The quiz should also accept 6th and Heilongjiang now as answers, although I doubt Heilongjiang will be used more frequent than Amur.

I tried to make the quiz enjoyable but not too hard, that's why I've added some of the easier questions like the Chernobyl one. I know it's a question that's been done a lot, but I tried to level it out with the more difficult questions thereafter.

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Level 68
Sep 12, 2022
Finland was also invaded 1939.
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Level 66
Sep 12, 2022
Oops... Made the question more specific to avoid double answers. Thanks!