National Geographic World Championship













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Geobee Challenge
National Geographic World Championship

The love of geography brought nine teams of students from around the world to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 1997 International Geography Olympiad on August 5 and 6. Australia, Canada, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States were joined by first-time competitors Argentina, Costa Rica, France, and New Zealand. The Olympiad, sponsored by the National Geographic Society, MasterCard International, and First USA, was divided into preliminary and final rounds. The preliminary competition consisted of a challenging outdoor map-reading exercise and a written test.

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