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ByEdMo   posted on01 Mar, 12 9448 Views 0 Comments General Knowledge Add to favorite

1. (A) River Nile: From White Nile Source to Mouth the River Nile is 6695km (4184 miles) long. The Nile gets its name from the Greek word Nelios, meaning River Valley. The Nile and its tributaries flow through nine countries. The White Nile flows through Uganda, Sudan, and Egypt. The Blue Nile starts in Ethiopia. Zaire, Kenya, Tanzanian, Rwanda, and Burundi all have tributaries, which flow into the Nile or into lake Victoria Nyane. The major cities that are located on the edge of the Nile and White Nile are: Cairo, Gondokoro, Khartoum, Aswan, Thebes/Luxor, Karnak, and the town of Alexandria lies near the Rozeta branch. The major dams on the Nile are Roseires Dam, Sennar Dam, Aswan High Dam, and Owen Falls Dam.

2. (B) The Trans-Canada Highway Route: The Trans-Canada Highway between Victoria (BC) and St. Johns (NF) is the worlds longest national highway with a length of 7,821 km (4,860 m.)

3. (C) Mount Everest: The official altitude of the worlds highest peak is 29,029 feet (8,848m). However, the National Geographic Society has determined the height to be 6 feet taller, 29,035 feet, but the Nepali government has not yet made this new altitude official. Shifting tectonic plates continue to push Everest upward, along with the whole Himalaya mountain range, at 1.6 to 3.9 inches (4 to 10 centimetres) per year. Everest is part of the Himalaya mountain range along the border of Nepal and Tibet. It is located 27 degree 59 radians North latitude, 86 degree 55 radians East longitude. In 1841, Sir George Everest, Surveyor General of India from 1830 to 1843, first recorded the location of Everest. It was subsequently named Peak XV. In 1865, it was renamed Mt. Everest to honour Sir George. Everest is also called Chomolungma in Tibet and Sagarmatha in Nepal.

4. (B) Myanmar: Slightly smaller than Texas, Myanmar occupies the Thailand/Cambodia portion of the Indochinese peninsula. India lies to the northwest and China to the northeast. Bangladesh, Laos, and Thailand are also neighbours. The Bay of Bengal touches the southwest coast. The fertile delta of the Irrawaddy River in the south contains a network of interconnecting canals and nine principal river mouths. The ethnic origins of modern Myanmar (known historically as Burma) are a mixture of Indo-Aryans, who began pushing into the area around 700 B.C. and the Mongolian invaders under Kublai Khan who penetrated the region in the 13th century. Anawrahta (1044;1077) was the first great unifier of Myanmar. In 1612, the British East India Company sent agents to Burma, but the Burmese doggedly resisted efforts of British, Dutch, and Portuguese traders to establish posts along the Bay of Bengal. Through the Anglo-Burmese War in 1824;1826 and two subsequent wars, the British East India Company expanded to the whole of Burma. By 1886, Burma was annexed to India, then became a separate colony in 1937.

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