Do you know the way to Saint-Tropez?
National Geography Bee kicks off in Washington, D.C.
May 27, 1997
Web posted at: 12:06 p.m. EDT (0406 GMT)
(CNN) -- Can you name the landlocked country in the Pyrenees where Catalan is the official language? Do you know which continent is home to the Great Rift Valley? How about the common name for a seismic sea wave?
Those are the kinds of questions that 11- to 14-year-olds are tackling Tuesday at the National Geography Bee in Washington, D.C. While the queries may be stumpers for many adults, the 57 competitors are expected to whiz through all but the most esoteric.
"We can't make them hard enough," says Ellen Siskind of the National Geographic Society. "These kids get them all. It's amazing."
The top 10 contenders will go on to the finals Wednesday with moderator Alex Trebek of "Jeopardy." The winner of that contest will get a $25,000 scholarship and a lifetime membership to National Geographic magazine. Second and third place contestants win $15,000 and $10,000 scholarships, respectively.
If you're still scratching your head, here are the answers to the questions above: 1) Andorra, 2) Africa, 3) tsunami. Check out the Geography Bee Web site for more quiz questions.
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