Welcome to our quiz on geography of North America.

North American Landmass

North America is the third-largest continent on the planet with a territory of almost 25 million square kilometers. 80% of this landmass is administered by Canada and the United States. Topography of the continent is very diverse with extensive plains, mighty rivers, immense lakes, woodlands, forests, plateaus, highlands and very high mountain ranges with expansive glaciers. North America's lowest point is Badwater Basin in western California at 86 meters below the sea level; its highest is the majestic Denali in Alaska reaching the elevation of 6 190 meters. The continent is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Arctic Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. It is separated from South America by the Darien Mountains and the Caribbean Sea.

North American Population

North America has a steadily increasing population, now approaching 600 million. While, its numerous indigenous communities still thrive maintaining their native languages and traditions, the economic and political power enjoyed by the continent has been built by immigrants arriving in large numbers from all over the world. The continent is a melting pot of world's cultures, best represented by the cosmopolitan megacities of the New York City and Toronto. The United States is by far the most populous state in North America, home to almost 350 million people. The median age in North America is reported at 38 years. Despite a low fertility rate across the continent, its population is expected to each one billion before end of the century because of very positive net migration .

North American Flora and Fauna

The immense territory of North America offers diverse ecosystems and supports numerous plant and animal species. Its mountains are covered by pine, fir, spruce and giant sequoias, while lowlands teem with beech, birch, oak and maple. Wild bison, musk ox, reindeer, moose and elk roam its plains with grey wolves, cougars and several species of bears managing their populations. Thousands of species of birds, small mammals and reptiles add to this great biodiversity.

Invitation to North America

We hope you will enjoy our quiz on North America, further your interest in this diverse continent and maybe even embark on a trip for an in-person experience. North America's extensive tourist infrastructure and numerous top destinations cater to a variety of interests. The continent attracts hundreds of millions of visitors each year, continually growing its tourist appeal.

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Did you know?

True height of Canadian Mount Logan had not been known until 1992.

Mount Logan is a massive mountain in the Saint Elias Mountains range, located in the Yukon territory of Canada. With the elevation of 5 959 meters, it has the highest peak of the nation and the second-highest in North America, after Denali. The mountain rises in a remote and inaccessible terrain and its ice-covered peaks made it very challenging for early surveyors to properly measure its height. For some time, it was even considered the highest mountain on the continent.

In 1992, a multi-expert expedition was launched to finally obtain accurate measurements. It took many months of planning and a serious commitment but the team was excited and ready. Everyone was in excel­lent phys­i­cal condition, had plenty of climbing and win­ter camp­ing expe­ri­ence and access to latest technology.

A team of climbers and scientists could measure the height using the lightweight GPS instruments currently available. Furthermore, the team could gather rock samples and undertake other geological studies. This seemed an ideal way to celebrate not only the GSC’s 150th anniversary, but also Canada’s 125th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Alaska Highway, which runs along the border of Kluane National Park where Mount Logan is located.

To the top: Measuring Canada’s highest mountain | Michael Schmidt · Canadian Geographic · 1992

The expedition successfully ascended the mountain in May of 1992. Luckily, they met ideal weather conditions. GPS data was recorded in two phases to ensure greater accuracy. Despite the risks, everyone returned unharmed.

We forwarded the GPS data to the Surveys, Mapping and Remote Sensing Sector of Energy, Mines and Resources Canada in Ottawa for the final computations. They determined that the elevation of Canada’s tallest mountain is 5,959 metres, plus or minus three metres. Although the GPS measurements themselves were found to be accurate to within about 10 centimetres, the calculation of mean sea level under Mount Logan has an error of plus or minus just under three metres.

To the top: Measuring Canada’s highest mountain | Michael Schmidt · Canadian Geographic · 1992

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