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Peak knowledge – a quick quiz

By , 23 October 2019

Are you at the top of your game? We’ll put you to the test looking at extreme heights and depths, plus sizes, shapes and speeds in this week’s quiz.


Congratulations! You are a real science whiz!

Oh dear! Better brush up before the next quiz!

#1. At the summit of Mount Everest, what temperature does water boil?

Due to the low air pressure, water boils at around 71 degrees at the summit of Mount Everest, which is 8848 metres above sea level.

#2. What type of rock metamorphoses into marble?

Heat and pressure deep underground turns limestone into marble.

#3. What is the name of Saturn’s largest moon?

Saturn’s largest moon, and the second largest moon in our solar system, is Titan.

#4. When water starts to freeze, what symmetry do the crystals typically show?

Water crystals, including snowflakes, are often hexagonal.

#5. Scientists just measured a new fastest ant: the Saharan silver ant. How fast can it run?

The Saharan silver ant, with the scientific name Cataglyphis bombycine, can run at 855 millimetres per second. That’s about three kilometres per hour!

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