Welcome to BYJU’S Sunday Challenge, the weekly quiz. This edition coincides with World Environment Day which is celebrated every year on June 5 to promote awareness and action for the protection of the environment. To mark the event, our theme for this edition is ‘Our Planet,’ five questions centred around the theme of The Earth and its diverse ecosystems.
You can take a shot at the questions and field your guesses in the comments section below. Answers will be revealed in the next edition of Sunday Challenge. The fastest entries to get all questions right win a pair of brand new Bluetooth headphones.
Ready? Here are your questions:
We have all heard of the Sahara Desert. What does ‘Sahara’ mean in Arabic, from which the desert gets its name? (Hint: The answer is in the question!)
Speaking of The Sahara, many people often mistakenly call it the largest desert on Earth. But by definition, a desert is a region that receives less than 25 centimetres of rainfall per year. So, which is the largest desert in the world?
In physical geography, a fjord is a long, narrow inlet with steep sides or cliffs, created by a glacier. Although they are found in many countries, one country, in particular, is instantly associated with the iconic feature. In fact, this country’s coastline would only be 2,500 km excluding the fjords, but including them, it is more than ten times longer at close to 30,000 km. Pictured below is the Geiranger Fjord, one of the many such fjords. Which country would you find it in?
This climate pattern occurs once every 2-7 years and results in the unusual warming of surface waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean. It is named after the Spanish for ‘little boy’. Studies have shown that climate change could increase the frequency and intensity of this climate pattern. What is it called?
In Africa, they are called the Savannahs. In North America, they are the Prairies. In South America, they are called the Pampas and in Europe, they are called the Steppes. What kind of biome do they all belong to?
Take your guesses in the comments section below. Winners of this edition, along with the answers will be revealed next Sunday, so keep your eyes peeled!
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Answers to Sunday Challenge 36:
1. The funny bone is actually a nerve. It is called the ulnar nerve.
2. Both giraffes and humans have seven bones (vertebrae) in the neck.
3. The Islets of Langerhans are found in the pancreas.
4. The mitral valve in the heart. It is named after the mitre, a headgear worn by popes and archbishops.
5. The pineal gland
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