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Lake Maracaibo: Quiz


Question 1: In July 1823, the bay was the site of the Battle of Lake Maracaibo, an important battle in the ________.
Battle of CaraboboVenezuelan War of IndependenceMilitary career of Simón BolívarGran Colombia

Question 2: As of ________, a large portion (18%) of the surface of Lake Maracaibo is covered by duckweed specifically Lemna.
October 2004June 2004March 2004September 2004

Question 3: Many consider the dike to be a disaster in waiting, with the potential of an earthquake causing ________ and submerging a large population.
Soil liquefactionClayLandslideGeotechnical engineering

Question 4: Duckweed is not toxic to fish, but some scientists are concerned that it could suck oxygen out of the lake as it decays, ________ large numbers of fish.
AsphyxiaDecompression sicknessHypoxia (medical)Altitude sickness

Question 5: The government has been spending $2 million monthly to clean the lake, and the state-run oil company ________ has created a $750 million cleanup fund.
PetroleumBoliviaUnited StatesPetróleos de Venezuela

Question 6: Lake Maracaibo is a large brackish lake[1][2][3][4] in ________ at 10°39′N 71°36′W / 10.65°N 71.6°W / 10.65; -71.6.

Question 7: The surrounding Maracaibo Basin contains large reserves of ________, making the lake a major profit center for Venezuela.
Petroleum industryEnergy developmentPetroleumPeak oil

Question 8: Though officials say the weed hasn't harmed fish yet, it is putting a dent in the local ________ industry.
Wild fisheriesFishing industryFishingFishing techniques

Question 9: The first known settlements on the bay were those of the ________, who still are present in large numbers, but have re-settled in the western boundary area with Colombia.
VenezuelaWayuuLa Guajira DepartmentUribia, La Guajira

Question 10: Furthermore, chemicals used to clean up ________ may have contributed to the duckweed problem.
Ship pollutionMarine pollutionWater pollutionOil spill

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