National Geographic World Championship

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Geobee Challenge
2007 National Geographic World Championship

“What historic site was carved from sandstone in about 1200 B.C.? This site includes two huge temples and statues of an ancient ruler.” Answer: Abu Simbel.

Knowing the answer to this question allowed Mexico to triumph and unseat five-time champion the United States at the eighth National Geographic World Championship held August 5-10, 2007 at SeaWorld San Diego. The U.S. team came in second, and Canada was third. Organized by the National Geographic Society, the competition was sponsored by SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Adventure Parks.

Eighteen teams of the brightest geography students from around the globe met in San Diego, California, to take part in the competition. Each team was comprised of three students, chosen for their excellence in their own national geography competitions. The teams answered questions on physical, cultural and economic geography in two levels of competition consisting of a written test in their own language and an outdoor activity. The three teams with the highest scores—Canada, Mexico, and the United States—then met at Shamu Stadium in SeaWorld San Diego for the final round. They answered questions in a game-show format, moderated by Alex Trebek, host of the U.S. television quiz show Jeopardy!

In addition to the top three teams of Mexico, the United States and Canada, teams from Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Chinese Taipei, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, and the United Kingdom also competed.

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