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Bikini Atoll

In 1946, the United States began to test atomic weapons on the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. It was also in the late 1940s when the two-piece bathing suit made its debut and took its name from the intensely publicized Bikini Atoll.

Handy Geography Answer Book by Paul A. Tucci, 2009.

Pula

The south African country of Botswana, consisting primarily of the Kalahari Desert, uses the pula, which means “rain,” as their currency.

Handy Geography Answer Book by Paul A. Tucci, 2009.

Swahili

Swahili is a mixture of Arabic and African languages that gradually developed through trading between Africans and Arabs. Though there are over 1,000 different languages in Africa, Swahili is the second-most popular language (Arabic is the first).

Handy Geography Answer Book by Paul A. Tucci, 2009.

Seven Sheikdoms

The country of United Arab Emirates is composed of seven sheikdoms (also known as emirates): Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Al Fujayrah, Ash Sharqah, Dubayy, Ra’s a’ Khaymah, and Umm al Qaywayn.

Handy Geography Answer Book by Paul A. Tucci, 2009.

Maghreb

From the Arabic word for “place of sunset” or “western,” the Maghreb is a region of Northwest Africa composed of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.

Handy Geography Answer Book by Paul A. Tucci, 2009.

-stan

The suffix “stan” means nation or land.  Therefore, Afghanistan literally means “land of the Afghans.” Eight countries end in the suffix “stan”: Kazakhstan, Turkestan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Handy Geography Answer Book by Paul A. Tucci, 2009.

Economic Tiger

An economic tiger is a term applied to any rapidly developing Asian nation with the power and ability to become an influential, international economic powerhouse. South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore are considered to be the three economic tigers.

Handy Geography Answer Book by Paul A. Tucci, 2009.

Kurile Islands

Before World War II, Japan owned this chain of four islands located between Russia and Japan. During the war, the then-Soviet Union took control of the islands and hasn’t given them back. Japan has been requesting their return, but to no avail. Because of the Kurile Island controversy, Japan has yet to sign a peace treaty with Russia declaring the end of World War II.

Handy Geography Answer Book by Paul A. Tucci, 2009.

Louisiana Graves

In Louisiana, the water level is so close to the surface of the ground that coffins, rather than being buried, are placed in tombs above ground to avoid the possibility of coffins floating out of place. A Louisiana cemetery looks like a miniature city, with tombs and alleyways.

Handy Geography Answer Book by Paul A. Tucci, 2009.

Arkansas Diamonds

Arkansas is the only state with a diamond mine. Located in southwestern Arkansas, the mine is no longer in commercial production but is now a park, Crater of Diamonds State Park, that allows visitors to take any diamonds they find.

Handy Geography Answer Book by Paul A. Tucci, 2009.

Third World

The term “third world” was part of the classification of countries during the Cold War. This classification designated those countries aligned with the United States as “first world,” those countries aligned with the Soviet Union as “second world,” and those countries that were nonaligned as “third world.” With the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the classification no longer exists.

Handy Geography Answer Book by Paul A. Tucci, 2009.