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How Much Do You Really Know About Patagonia?

Fill out and submit the questions below, then check out the answers and see how you scored.


  1. Who was the explorer that discovered Patagonia?
    Hernando Cortes
    Christopher Columbus
    Ferdinand Magellan
    Vasco da Gama

  2. What year was Patagonia discovered?
    1452
    1520
    1598
    1640

  3. Is "patagonia" the:
    Latin word for "penguin"
    Spanish word for "big feet"
    Indian word for "barren land"
    Portuguese word for "plateau"

  4. What nationality were the first settlers of Patagonia?
    English
    Mexican
    Spanish
    Welsh

  5. What are the approximate dimensions of the Perito Moreno glacier?
    100 feet high, 12 miles long, and 13 miles wide
    200 feet high, 22 miles long, and 3 miles wide
    300 feet high, 15 miles long, and 7 miles wide
    400 feet high, 20 miles long, and 11 miles wide

  6. What is the name for a baby guanaco?
    Chulengo
    Guanacito
    Alpaca
    Vicuna

  7. What are elephant seal and penguin breeding grounds called?
    Lagos
    Harems
    Territories
    Rookeries

  8. The southern elephant seal ranks second in size only to what sea mammal?
    Dolphin
    Shark
    Porpoise
    Whale

  9. What is the average length and weight of a male elephant seal?
    7 to 9 feet, 1,000 to 3,000 pounds
    10 to 16 feet, 3,000 to 6,000 pounds
    17 to 21 feet, 6,000 to 8,000 pounds
    21 to 23 feet, 8,000 to 10,000 pounds

  10. Appoximately how many Magellanic penguins migrate to Patagonia each year?
    100,000 to 300,000
    300,000 to 500,000
    500,000 to 700,000
    700,000 to 900,000

  11. Where in Patagonia do most Magellanic penguins breed?
    Punta Tombo
    Peninsula Valdes
    Golfo Nuevo
    The central steppes

  12. Patagonian cavies or "hares" are also known as...?
    Rabbits
    Mocos
    Guinea pigs
    Maras

  13. What is the wingspan of the Andean condor?
    About 6 feet
    About 8 feet
    About 10 feet
    About 12 feet

  14. Where in Patagonia is the Petrified Forest?
    Torres del Paine National Park
    Tierra del Fuego
    The central steppes
    Los Glaciares National Park

  15. What is the largest predator in Patagonia?
    Fox
    Puma
    Andean condor
    Leopard

  16. Sea lion pups are frequently killed during raids by what predator?
    Southern right whale
    Elephant seal
    Killer whale
    Puma

  17. What pollutant has caused a major decline in the Magellanic penguin population?
    Acid rain
    Petroleum/oil slicks
    Chlorofluorocarbons
    Pesticides

  18. What is the Magellanic penguin's favorite food?
    Trout
    Salmon
    Shrimp
    Anchovy

  19. How much do Southern right whales weigh?
    20 tons
    30 tons
    40 tons
    50 tons

  20. The first explorers of Patagonia believed that its natives were...?
    Giants
    Dwarfs
    Gods
    Savages


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