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1. The 'Rigveda' (c.1500-1200 B.C.), one of the four canonical sacred texts of Hinduism, describes this city as "...a vision of paradise set in the mountains." The region was part of the Median Empire in the 6-7th century B.C. and was explored by Alexander the Great. Islam arrived here in 642 A.D. and the Mongols passed through in the 13th century. Which major city's history is this?
2. There are eleven rivers starting with "K" that are longer than 600 miles, and three whose length exceeds 1,000 miles. The longest of these, the 39th-longest river in the world, runs 1,562 miles northwards through a sparsely-populated region of northeastern Siberia before emptying into the East Siberian Sea, part of the Arctic Ocean. Which river is this?
3. The Kalix archipelago, part of the larger Norrbotten archipelago, comprises 792 islands at the north end of the Bay of Bothnia. They share their name with the municipality of Kalix (in Norrbotten County) and the river which enters the bay nearby. Icebound in winter, many of the islands are used for recreation purposes in the summer and only a few are permanently inhabited. To which country do they belong?
4. Kosovo is in Europe and Kenya in Africa. Five of the other six "K" countries are located in Asia. Which of the following options is the exception?
5. There are some 60 different names starting with "K" used for U.S. counties. Many are unique to a single state, but a few appear in numerous states. The most popular of those 60 is the name of a county in nine different states. Which name is this?
6. Plenty of "K" names here, with Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain located in Kilimanjaro National Park. Predictably, perhaps, the park and the nearby cities of Arusha and Moshi are served by Kilimanjaro International Airport. In which country are all of these located?
7. Sea ice such as that in the photograph is a regular sight in this sea. Part of the Arctic Ocean, it covers an area of 340,000 square miles and is frozen for nine months a year. Bordered to the west by the Barents Sea and to the east by the Laptev Sea, the world's seventh-longest river, the Ob, discharges into which sea?
8. Our next destination is now a historically-important village located on the east bank of the Mississippi River in southwestern Illinois. Founded in the 18th century as a French colonial town, it became capital of Illinois Territory in 1809 and was the first capital of Illinois when it became a state in 1818. What is the name of this settlement?
9. Home to the ultra-modern Corinthia Hotel (pictured) which opened in 2008, which is the oldest of the four African national capitals that begin with the letter "K"?
10. Until 1849, Kangchenjunga was considered the highest mountain in the world. Peaking at 28,169 feet above sea-level, it is a mere 82 feet lower than K-2 and 860 feet lower than Everest. The highest of Kangchenjunga's three peaks is the highest point in which country?
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