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Hotter Than Hades Trivia Quiz


Sweat gushes from every pore. The Hong Kong thermometer spikes at 102 degrees. Still, this is nothing compared to places that are "Hotter than Hades!" From the clues given, can you deduce the locations of ten of the hottest places on the planet?

A multiple-choice quiz by coachpauly. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
coachpauly
Time
4 mins
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Multiple Choice
Quiz #
353,082
Updated
Jul 28 22
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1. Most of the hottest places in the world are located around desert regions. However, which two-time host of the Olympic Games set a record, in 1977, for the highest temperature ever recorded in Europe? Hint

London, England
Athens, Greece
Barcelona, Spain
Paris, France

2. Wadi Halfa is a city at the edge of the Nubian Desert that has recorded a temperature of 127 degrees Fahrenheit. Which country, split into eastern and western halves by the Nile River, is Wadi Halfa located in? Hint

Ethiopia
Chad
Sudan
Eritrea

3. Which country, famous for its "Kibbutz" culture, is the location of Tirat Zvi where a temperature of 129 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded back in 1942? Hint

Egypt
Syria
Israel
Lebanon

4. On the southern edge of the Sahara desert is another place that has recorded temperatures in excess of 130 degrees Fahrenheit. In which country is this UNESCO heritage site of Timbuktu? Hint

Senegal
Guinea
Niger
Mali

5. Ghadames, Libya, at 131 degrees Fahrenheit, is tied with Kebili as one of the hottest ever recorded sites in the world. Kebili is located in the Sahara Desert within which smallest country of north Africa? Hint

Algeria
Tunisia
Morocco
Egypt

6. According to the World Meteorological Organization, which northern African nation (formerly represented with an all green flag), was "controversially" the first place to record an air temperature in excess of 58.0C (136.4F)? Hint

Morocco
Tunisia
Libya
Egypt

7. Death Valley, U.S.A. also makes the list as one of the hottest places on the planet. Which state is home to the valley that boasts a regular July heat index of 125 degrees Fahrenheit? Hint

Utah
California
Arizona
New Mexico

8. The Turpan Depression, another 150 degree hotbed, is the third lowest place on the planet and lies within the Taklimakan Desert in which Asian country? Hint

Mongolia
Pakistan
India
China

9. NASA's meteorological satellite program has measured the "badlands" of which Australian region reaching ground surface temperatures of 156 degrees Fahrenheit? Hint

New South Wales
Northern Territory
Queensland
Western Australia

10. In 2005, the surface temperature recorded in a dry salt lake within the eastern region of the Lut Desert reached a staggering 159 degrees Fahrenheit. In which nation, formerly named Persia, might one find the Lut Desert? Hint

Iran
Qatar
Iraq
Saudi Arabia


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Most of the hottest places in the world are located around desert regions. However, which two-time host of the Olympic Games set a record, in 1977, for the highest temperature ever recorded in Europe?

Answer: Athens, Greece

Yes -- Athens, Greece the original Olympic city and the location of the first modern day Olympic Games in 1896 is "Hotter than Hades." Athens also hosted the Olympic Games in 2004 where the hot summer temperatures made life very difficult for the endurance athletes. On July 10th, 1977, Athens and Elefsina both recorded temperatures of 48.0 C (118.4 F). Hades, Greek god of the underworld would be most pleased to know his hometown made the list.
2. Wadi Halfa is a city at the edge of the Nubian Desert that has recorded a temperature of 127 degrees Fahrenheit. Which country, split into eastern and western halves by the Nile River, is Wadi Halfa located in?

Answer: Sudan

Sudan is a large country in northeast Africa. It is surrounded by Egypt to the North, Ethiopia to the east, Libya to the west, and South Sudan to the south. It also has land borders with Eritrea, Central African Republic, and Chad. Wadi Halfa is a city of approximately 15,000 people that is located on the edge of the Nubian Desert.

The Wadi Halfa Valley is known for its spectacular ancient ruins and continues to be an important trading center between Egypt and Sudan. In the summer months (between May and September) average temperatures are over 108 degrees Fahrenheit. Annual rainfall to the area is zero.
3. Which country, famous for its "Kibbutz" culture, is the location of Tirat Zvi where a temperature of 129 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded back in 1942?

Answer: Israel

Tirat Zvi is a religious kibbutz located just south of the city of Beit She'an close to the Israel-Jordan border. The kibbutz lies 722 feet below sea level and has a population under 1,000 people. Despite the small population, and very hot temperatures, the kibbutz is Israel's largest producer of dates. On June 21st, 1942, Tirat Zvi recorded the highest ever recorded temperature in what was then Palestine (53.9 C 129.0 F). At the time it was a continental record for Asia.
4. On the southern edge of the Sahara desert is another place that has recorded temperatures in excess of 130 degrees Fahrenheit. In which country is this UNESCO heritage site of Timbuktu?

Answer: Mali

The Republic of Mali is a landlocked nation in west Africa that borders Niger, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Algeria, Guinea, Senegal, and Mauritania. It is a poor country with over 50% of the population living below the international poverty line (under $1.25 USD a day). Timbuktu is a town of over 30,000 people on the southern edge of the Sahara desert. In December of 1988, the World Heritage Committee selected Timbuktu as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The highest monthly average temperature is in the month of May where temperatures have been recorded averaging close to 119 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. Ghadames, Libya, at 131 degrees Fahrenheit, is tied with Kebili as one of the hottest ever recorded sites in the world. Kebili is located in the Sahara Desert within which smallest country of north Africa?

Answer: Tunisia

Kebili is recorded to be one of the oldest oasis towns in all of northern Africa. Evidence of human habitation passes back over 200,000 years. There are close to 20,000 people living in Kebili with the dominant language being Arabic, and dominant religion being Islam. The summer temperatures are severe, yet the region continues to support an active Bedouin population of nomadic tribesmen.
6. According to the World Meteorological Organization, which northern African nation (formerly represented with an all green flag), was "controversially" the first place to record an air temperature in excess of 58.0C (136.4F)?

Answer: Libya

On September 13, 1922, the weather station at El Azizia in Libya recorded the record breaking air temperature of 58.0C (136.4F). As of August, 2012, that recorded temperature remained a record. But on September 13, 2012, the World Meteorological Organization announced that the record was invalid due to potential measurement errors. Libyan meteorologists dispute the record annulment.

However, it does not change the fact that El Azizia is still "Hotter than Hades." Winds blowing off the Sahara from the south can increase daily temperatures by as much as twenty degrees.

Despite the heat, almost 300,000 people live within the metropolitan area which is the capital of the Jafara District.
7. Death Valley, U.S.A. also makes the list as one of the hottest places on the planet. Which state is home to the valley that boasts a regular July heat index of 125 degrees Fahrenheit?

Answer: California

Death Valley is located in the Mojave Desert in the eastern part of California. The lowest elevation in the USA, at 282 feet below sea level, is located in Death Valley's Badwater Basin. One of the most painful endurance races (135 miles) in the world is run through this Basin and is aptly named the "Badwater 135!" Death Valley set a record for the highest verified air temperature ever recorded from the ground. At Furnace Creek, on July 10th, 1913, the thermometer reading was recorded at 134 F (56.7 C). This record was recognized by the World Meteorological Organization in 2012.
8. The Turpan Depression, another 150 degree hotbed, is the third lowest place on the planet and lies within the Taklimakan Desert in which Asian country?

Answer: China

In 2008, NASA's MODIS program measured the highest maximum temperature on Earth in the Turpan Basin of China's Taklimakan Desert. The temperature recorded was a balmy 66.8C (152.2F). The average maximum summer temperature in this region is well over 100 degrees.

Interestingly, China's lowest ever recorded temperatures are also in the same Zinjiang Province in Fuyun County. Despite the torrid summer heat, thousands of people, in hundreds of villages, populate the area. The Turpan Depression is entirely below sea level, beaten only by the Dead Sea in Israel and Laka Assal in Djibouti, for the title of Earth's lowest location.
9. NASA's meteorological satellite program has measured the "badlands" of which Australian region reaching ground surface temperatures of 156 degrees Fahrenheit?

Answer: Queensland

From 2003 to 2009, NASA conducted a major study of surface temperatures of some of the world's most remote locations. Utilizing MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) onboard NASA's Terra and Aqua satelites, scientists were able to record 7-year weather patterns and identify some of the hottest temperatures ever recorded on the planet's surface.

The badlands in Queensland actually registered the highest ground temperatures of anywhere in the world for 2003 raising the thermometer red line to an amazing 156.7 degrees Fahrenheit.

The heat, back country terrain, and dangerous predators make the badlands one of the most inhospitable and uninhabitable places on the planet.
10. In 2005, the surface temperature recorded in a dry salt lake within the eastern region of the Lut Desert reached a staggering 159 degrees Fahrenheit. In which nation, formerly named Persia, might one find the Lut Desert?

Answer: Iran

The Dash-e Lut Desert is the world's 25th largest and ranks as one of the hottest places on the planet. In 2005, a team of scientists from Montana recorded surface temperatures of 159-160 degrees fahrenheit in a region of Iran that is considered to be one of the hottest and driest places in the world.

The Lut Desert stretches out over 51,800 square kilometers. The eastern region of the Lut is comprised of salt flats. To the south the terrain resembles the landscape of the Sahara with dunes that reach heights of over 300m.

The world's tallest sand pyramid is also located here. According to scientists, the temperature is even too hot for milk to spoil on account of bacteria not being able to survive in temperatures so high. "Google Sightseeing" has called the Lut Desert the "most deserty" of all of the world's deserts.
Source: Author coachpauly

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