Social Science Questions & Answers

Social Science Questions & Answers

Why were rabbits such a menace in Australia?

Rabbits became a menace in Australia because they breed so quickly and eat almost any vegetable. Three pairs of rabbits were introduced into Australia in the 18th Century. They multiplied so rapidly that, with the addition of others which were brought over, they spread over most of the continent and caused a tremendous amount of damage. The female rabbit, or …

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Why was the New Amsterdam Colony established?

New Amsterdam was established by Dutch colonisers in 1624 in what is known today as New York city. The town of New Amsterdam became a city in 1653 when it received municipal rights and was reincorporated as New York city in June 1665. The town was founded on the southern tip of Manhattan island as the most optimal place for …

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Why was King Alfred called the Great?

Well, he was not called ‘the Great’ because he was a tall man; he was not. Alfred became king of Wessex (a small British kingdom including what is now Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire) in AD 871, at a time when the Vikings ruled over large parts of England. The king was determined to defeat the pagans, under their king, Guthrum, …

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Why is Wuhan called the ‘thoroughfare of the nine provinces’?

Wuhan is the capital of the Hubei province in the central part of China and is one of the largest and most populous cities of the region. It is also an important centre for trade, finance, industry, and information technology. Wuhan is also the place where the river Hans joins Changjiang, the third largest river of China. Three major railways …

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Why is the Turtle Island called so?

The Turtle Island, located about 10 kms off the coast of Toucheng in Yilan County (Taiwan), has a volcanic terrain that, from certain angles, looks like a turtle floating in the sea. Hence, it is known as Turtle Island. Among the features of the island are high cliffs, steaming fumaroles (an opening in a volcano), welling underwater hot springs, mountain …

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Why is the Spring Festival celebrated?

The ancient town of Hama in Syria is well known for its Spring Festival celebrated every year for two weeks in April. This festival had its origins in the 2nd millennium BC when it would be celebrated to offer prayers and sacrifices to Adonis, the god of fertility. However, the tradition disappeared gradually over the centuries and reappeared briefly in …

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Why is the Pronghorn so called?

Often misleadingly called an antelope (antelopes come from Africa and Asia), the North America Pronghorn derives its popular name from the forward-pointing branch of its horns. The Pronghorn’s horns are extremely interesting. They are composed of two parts: a bony central cone which is permanent like those of the true antelopes, and a sheath of fused hairs supplying the horny …

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Why is the manchineel tree dangerous?

The manchineel tree is dangerous because its sap and fruit contain poison. Its other name is Hippomane, which comes from the Greek and means causing horses to run mad. The tree is a number of the Euphorbiaceae family and grows in tropical America, producing a crop of acrid, bitter apple-like fruits, which drop spontaneously and carpet the ground beneath it. …

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Why is the international dateline drawn in a zigzag manner?

The International Date Line (IDL) passes through the Pacific Ocean. It is an imaginary line, like longitudes and latitudes. The time difference on either side of this line is 24 hours. So, the date changes as soon as one crosses this line. To avoid any confusion of date, this line is drawn through where the sea lies and not land. …

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