Water by Egantx7

Champion(s):

ESB


Runner(s)-Up:

UllspergerA


Quiz Description

Water .... kind of important, and found in a lot of places .... even occasionally running on the cold, dry surface of Mars (citation needed). Here are a dozen questions on that liquid that you've read about in all of the papers, and is available bottled or on tap at many major restaurants and retailers.

NOTE: Not every answer will necessarily contain the word water or a version thereof. Each question will have at least some tangential connection to water or its myriad forms.

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Questions:

The famous line:

Water, water every where,

Nor any drop to drink.

was penned by which English writer? The work from which this line is taken was first published in 1798.

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

George de Hevesy famously used this substance to dissolve the Nobel Prize medals of Max von Laue and James Franck to avoid having the medals fall into Nazi hands. Reactions with this substance and platinum were critical in the discovery of iridium and osmium from platinum ores. Identify this mixture with a Latin name, which usually consists of a 3:1 mixing of hydrochloric and nitric acid.

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Aqua Regia

What classic song begins with the lyrics:

Someone told me long ago there's a calm before the storm

I know, it's been comin' for some time

When it's over, so they say, it'll rain a sunny day

I know, shinin' down like water

Some have interpreted this song to be about the fighting in Vietnam, or the loss of 1960s idealism as the 1970s came in, though the song's writer, John Fogerty, claims it is about the increased intraband tensions in Credence Clearwater Revival. Identify this single, released with the song "Hey Tonight" in January 1971.

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Have You Ever Seen the Rain?

On 1 November 1755 a major earthquake and tsunami devastated this European capital city. Rousseau argued that the loss of life in this city was a strong argument against urbanization, and Voltaire noted this city's destruction in Candide as an argument against the existence of a higher power. Identify this European capital which is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Torre Belém.

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Lisbon, Portugal

This 2003 film stars Daniel Travis as Daniel Kitner and Blanchard Ryan as Susan Watkins. This film was based on the deaths of Tom & Eileen Lonergan of Louisiana who were coming off of a tour with the Peace Corps. Name this film about a couple who eventually succumb to the ocean (and its denizens) when the couple is accidentally left behind by their diving boat.

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Open Water

This substance was invented by Dr. Felix Hoenikker as part of the Manhattan Project as a way of helping U.S. Marines deal with mud. This substance melts at 45.8 degrees Celsius, and is relatively safe provided it does not come into contact with water below its melting point, as it can act as a seed to induce crystallization of any water it is in contact with. This substance is used by President Papa Monzano to commit suicide, and is let loose into the oceans when an air force jet crashes into the presidential palace, spilling Mozano's body into the ocean. Identify this substance, critical to the plot of a 1963 Kurt Vonnegut novel.

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Ice-9

One of the former Soviet Union's major bioweapons facilities was abandoned on Vozrozhdeniya Island in this body of water. A dam partially named for this body of water was completed in 2005 and has reversed part of the most obvious problem with this body of water. From 1852 to 1883, Russia maintained a naval fleet in this body of water. Identify this body of water which as recently as 1960 was the fourth largest lake in the world, but is now a mostly dried desert on the Kazakh-Uzbek border.

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Aral Sea

The deepest point in the Atlantic Ocean, the Milwaukee Deep, is in a trench named for this island. This island may be better known for being home to the William E. Gordon telescope. Identify this island which sees the meeting of the Caribbean and North American plates off of its northern coast.

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Puerto Rico

Among the poems in this collection are "A Pier-Head Chorus", "The Turn of the Tide", "Cardigan Bay", and "Christmas Eve at Sea". The best known work from this collection contains the line:

I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,

And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,

And a grey mist on the sea's face and a grey dawn breaking.

First published in 1916, identify this collection of writings, which included the aforequoted work "Sea-Fever", by the future Poet Laureate of England, John Maesfield.

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Salt-Water (Poems and) Ballads

While more than one gospel tells the story of Jesus walking on water, only this gospel tells the story of Jesus turning water into wine, believed by some to be Jesus' first public miracle. After this gospel's unique introduction which lacks a description of the nativity, it begins with Christ's affiliation with John the Baptist. Identify this non-synoptic gospel of the New Testament.

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(Gospel of) John

One of the most famous artworks depicting water goes by many names, among them "The Great Wave off Kanagawa". Which Japanese artist created "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" as part of his "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" series?

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Katsushika Hokusai

Behind only the Amazon, this river's volume discharge is the largest in the world, despite only being the ninth longest river in the world. The giant tigerfish, considered by many fishermen (citation needed) to be the toughest freshwater game fish to land on Earth, is endemic to this river and its tributaries. Kinshasa and Brazzaville lie across from one another on the banks of this river. Identify this African river which is most notable for a maximum depth of over 700 feet, the deepest river on Earth.

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Congo River