"John's excuse for not writing this week's GeoQuiz lies somewhere between a Colorado Rockies game and tracing his leprechaun heritage. So I will attempt to fill those monster shoes with a geo-journey to below the Tropic of Cancer."
A leprechaun, eh Herb? If only I knew where the pot o' gold was, I could actually pay Herb for doing this. And the leprechaun theory does not explain my "monster" feet. Did you know that these frequently intoxicated imbibers of home-brew were shoemakers? Herb assures me they were.
Anyway, this week brings another GeoQuiz written by your favorite underworked Mancos musician, Herb Folsom. Herb's main task in life is to keep the air conditioning at the perfect temperature for each of the Herald's 70 or so news, advertising, production and Web folks, but if you catch him at the right time, he'll play you a mean blues or jazz riff on the gee-tar.
But that's not why you, the reader, are here. You are here for knowledge, and what either Herb or I are doing to stay busy does not fit that description. So let's get on with it.
Today we focus on that narrow arc of land that sweeps from the base of the Yucatan Peninsula to South America. This corridor between continents offers a convenient crossing between two great oceans and defines today's GeoQuiz region known as Central America.
Here are 10 questions strung together by Herb and fine-tuned by John. (Answers on Page 11C.)1. Name the seven countries that constitute Central America.
2. Guatemala, once entirely the domain of this culture, retains the largest proportion of this indigenous Indian population.
3. This country was under British rule from 1862-1981.
4. This historic event in the mid-1800s stimulated the search for a ship-crossing between the Carribean Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
5. This country has the highest percentage of land protected in national parks, boasts of having no military component to its government and has the highest literacy and life expectancy in the region.
6. This country is physically the smallest in Central America.
7. The blending of European and native Indian populations make up the majority of the overall population of this region. This group is commonly referred to as _________.
8. This is physically the largest country in Central America.
9. Subsistence farming occurs throughout the region. Some of the main commercial crops include sugar cane, cotton, cacao and rice. Name the top two exports.
10. The thin strip of land where the Panama Canal is located is geographically referred to as an _________.
firstname.lastname@example.org Features Editor John Peel wrote the introduction. Herb Folsom wrote the questions and (he's making strides) figured out how to e-mail them.