The three national finalists of this year’s Great Canadian Geography Challenge recently answered nearly 100 questions on everything from rivers to rodents, beating out thousands of competitors in the process. Here’s a little bit more about the smartest young geographers in the nation, along with their thoughts on what the toughest geographic questions are.
|Name Anzo Nguyen, 14 Hometown Calgary
Where in the world would you like to go? Japan. I want to see the hot springs and go to Tokyo and Kyoto.
Favourite place Ha Long Bay, in Vietnam. It has amazing limestone formations.
Toughest geographic question How much water is moved by the largest ocean currents each year. There were a lot of big numbers. I just picked the third one.
|Name Spencer Zhao, 15
Where in the world would you like to go? Pacific Ocean islands, so I could see volcanic formations and lagoons.
Favourite place Cape Breton Highlands National Park, in Nova Scotia, because of the landforms and the scenery, especially in the autumn.
Toughest geographic question Anything about animals is difficult because their range is so diverse.
|Name Michael Hao, 14 Hometown Ottawa
Where in the world would you like to go? Australia looks pretty exciting, especially the plants and animals.
Favourite place Bhutan. It’s a very mystical place, and the only country in the world with a happiness index.
Toughest geographic question Identifying a geographic feature from a picture we were shown. It turned out to be a large sinkhole.