GeoDictation blitz contests proceed: ECONOMICS AND GEOGRAPHY

Trans-Siberian Railway on the shore of Lake Baikal. Photo: Alexey Zadonsky, participant of the Russian Geographical Society contest "The Most Beautiful Country"

The forth blitz contest will last on March 13-19

The Russian Geographical Society invites you to take part in a series of short thematic competitions, thanks to which everyone can submit their ideas for the questions of the Geographical Dictation – 2023. Let's briefly repeat the general concept:

  • Seven blitz contests "Write your question for the Geographical Dictation" are dedicated to the Year of the Teacher and Mentor.
  • wo competitions are opened weekly on a specific theme, inspired by anniversaries and related to school courses.
  • Facts and questions sent to each of the blitz contests should be focused on the geography of Russia in conjunction with the proposed topic.
  • Students compete in most interesting facts that they learned thanks to their teachers; Mentors share the most unusual questions their students have asked.
  • From February 13 to May 17, 2023, the international competition "Write your question for Geographical Dictation – 2023" is held, for which no more than three original questions can be submitted. Participation in both the blitz series and the international competition is welcome, but the submission of the same question is not allowed.

132 years ago, on March 17 (29), 1891, Alexander III signed the "Highest rescript given in the name of His Imperial Highness the Sovereign Heir Tsesarevich" – Nikolai Alexandrovich – on the construction of the "great Siberian railroad". The Trans-Siberian Railway has become a symbol of the industrial power of our country and a vivid image of Russia as a whole, whilst its construction has formed a fundamental experience in the development of the transport system and laid a solid foundation for the progress of Russian economy.

124 years ago, on March 4 (16), 1899, the Ermak icebreaker arrived in Kronstadt. It was built at a shipyard in Newcastle, Great Britain, by order of the Russian Empire and under the guidance of Russian naval leader, oceanographer, polar explorer and shipbuilder Stepan Makarov. The world's first Arctic icebreaker became a symbol of Russia's superiority in the development of the Arctic region, which is fragile and, at the same time, has enormous economic potential.

So, the topic of the fourth week of blitz contests is "Economics and Geography". We are waiting for the brightest and most entertaining facts that impressed the Students, and non-standard questions about the national economy of Russia that the Mentors heard from their pupils and students.

Ideas submitted to a pair of blitz contests under this topic should be devoted to the functioning of industrial and transport complexes in Russia. Questions and facts may concern:

  • territorial planning and management of economic complexes in Russia;
  • land use, including in agriculture;
  • placement of industrial facilities;
  • development of the Russian logistics system, creation of key transport infrastructure facilities.

We also welcome questions and facts regarding the role of the Arctic zone in the economy of Russia, the history and prospects for the development and infrastructure development of the region.

In order for your idea to be accepted for the competition and, in case of victory, to form the basis of one of the tasks of the main version of the Geographical Dictation 2023, the submitted fact or question must meet a number of criteria:

1. Question types. The competition accepts questions of an exclusively closed type, with multiple answers. Important: there can only be one correct answer per question and, similarly, only one unquestionable interpretation is possible for a fact. Requirements for questions and examples of their presentation are fixed in Appendix No. 1 to the Regulations on the competition (in Russian).

2. Originality. The competition accepts questions and facts that do not repeat the content of the tasks of the Geographical Dictation of previous years. You can see all the variants for past seasons of the Geographical Dictation here (and test your knowledge as well).

3. Amount of submitted questions. There is a strict limit here – one person can submit no more than three questions to the blitz contest.

Let us briefly recall the procedure for holding a series of short thematic competitions:

  • Questions and facts are checked by experts who determine the best ideas, on the basis of which the tasks of the main variant of the Geographical Dictation will be formulated.
  • Two Winners of each topic – the Mentor and the Student – will receive Contest certificates and a gift certificate that allows to pay for a tourist trip "with an open date" along one of the routes recommended by the Russian Geographical Society.
  • The list of Winners will appear on the website of the Russian Geographical Society no later than May 17, 2023.
  • By decision of the Competition Commission, a group of Finalists can also be determined, from which no more than four Prize-winners can be selected within each topic.



Spring downpour in Cheboksary. Photo: Marina Pipina, participant of the Russian Geographical Society contest "The Most Beautiful Country"