Special Sub-Topic: Djibouti
|Although Djibouti is only 8,598 square miles, it still borders three different countries. Which of the following countries does NOT border Djibouti?|
Sudan. Djibouti is the 3rd smallest country on the African continent, after The Gambia and Swaziland. As of 2005, Djibouti had the least number of people on the African continent.
|Djibouti is split into five administrative districts. Which of these is one of them?|
Obock. The five districts of Djibouti are Ali Sabieh, Dikhil, Djibouti, Obock, and Todjoura.
Moheli is an island of Comoros; Flacq is an administrative district of Mauritius; and Brava is an island of Cape Verde.
|Due to its location in northeastern Africa, Djibouti is close to the Middle East. What strait separates Djibouti and Yemen?|
Bab el Mandeb. The Bab el Mandeb, or Gate of Tears, is a strait that connects the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. The name comes from the legends of the difficulty of navigating through its waters.
Since Bab el Mandeb is one leg of the route from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, it is used mostly for transport and shipping.
|If you wanted to celebrate the Djiboutian Independence Day with other Djiboutians, when should you be sure to be in Djibouti?|
June 27th. Although Djibouti has been present in many types of art for thousands of years, it was not colonized until the 1860s by France. On June 27th, 1977, Djibouti declared independence from France. In Djibouti, June 27th is known as "National Day".
|What volcano serves as Djibouti's highest point?|
Mousa Ali. Mousa Ali is a volcano on the border of Djibouti and Eritrea. It is classified as a stratovolcano, which is the typical cone-shaped image for volcanoes. Mousa Ali is roughly 6,600 feet tall. Although it is not extinct, the last known eruption occurred more than 10,000 years ago.
|Which of these colors could you find in the Djibouti flag?|
green. The flag Djibouti uses today was first used on June 27th, 1977, the day of Djibouti's independence. The colors blue, green, white, and red all appear on the flag. These colors represent the sky and sea, earth, peace, and unity respectively.
|What crater lake in Djibouti is the lowest point in Djibouti, as well as the continent of Africa?|
Lake Assal. The shores of Lake Assal are at 512 feet below sea level, making it the lowest point in Djibouti and Africa. Lake Assal has the highest salinity of any body of water north of 60 degrees, which is Antarctica. Like the Great Salt Lake in Utah, salt is mined out of Lake Assal for shipping all over the world.
|What desert, located north of the Great Rift Valley, makes up most of Djibouti?|
Danakil Desert. The Danakil Desert is a lowland geothermal region which covers much of western Djibouti. The Danakil Desert extends into Ethiopia and Eritrea. Erta Ale is a volcano that settles in the Danakil Desert.
|The Moucha Islands, located in the Gulf of Tadjoura, are made up of two islands. The more eastern island is named Moucha. What is the name for the smaller, more western island?|
Maskali. Moucha and Maskali make up the Moucha Islands. Little flora is found, with scrub vegetation and mangroves. The Moucha Islands are more popular for coral reefs which visitors can scuba dive in and see.
|What lake, which becomes the final destination of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Awash River, sits on the border of Djibouti and Ethiopia?|
Lake Abbe. Lake Abbe is a series of six lakes between Ethiopia and Djibouti. Lake Abbe is the center of the Afar Depression, which is where the Australopithecene skeleton Lucy was found. The lake is also known for its tall limestone vents and flamingos.
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