Where On Google Earth?

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Upcoming contest #400 – a contest onto itself

The last contest in this round of ten is #400 in the Where On Google Earth series.

Thanks to all for the excellent submissions to date. If you haven’t submitted anything, there is still time to send in your suggestions for locations to use in this special contest via a comment on this post. The comment will remain hidden. Send us your latitude-longitude pair – include a hint as well as something explaining why you chose that location. We will accept entries (as many as you would like to offer) until the end of Contest #398. At that time, we will choose the most interesting one to use for #400, and automatically award the two points for that contest to the person who supplies that entry (since we can assume you’ll know where it is when you see it before the hint)! There will, of course, also be credit given to person that supplies the winning contest.

May 23rd, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #397

#397

May 22nd, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #396: Bailey Yards, North Platte, Nebraska, USA

The Bailey Yards on the outskirts of North Platte, Nebraska is one of, if not, the largest railway yards in the world.

With about 315 miles of individual track, it’s hard to imagine how much shunting of rail cars goes on in a relatively compact space.

For more information, visit the Wikipedia page: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bailey_Yard

With no help:

  • Phil Ower
  • hhgygy
  • Lighthouse
  • Walter_V_R
  • Mehmet DURMUS
  • Garfield
  • ndrqu
  • Lelie
  • krenek
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Sarah G
  • RicardPG
  • Farceur
  • Paul Voestermans
  • donaaronio

With some assistance:

  • ashwini agrawal
  • Wista
  • Jerome

May 22nd, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #396 Hint

Over 300 miles of track and nearly 1000 switches here – lots of shunting going on!

May 20th, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 comments

Contest #396

#396

May 15th, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | 16 comments

Contest #395: Dagahaley refugee camp near Dadaab, Kenya

The Dagahaley refugee camp is one of 4 UNHCR refugee camps that surround the town of Dadaab in Kenya. Combined, these camps contain about 500,000 people that have fled the fighting in Somalia, with nearly 120,000 of them in the Dagahaley camp. These camps were formed in the early 1990s and are still growing.


by Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties, some rights reserved

Just as we did last week, we’re including a few links of reputable quality organizations with low overhead and “boots on the ground” should you feel a desire to help out:

The situation is bad enough that I’m not going to trivialize it with a cute saying about those who found the site.

Those who did before the hint:

  • hhgygy
  • Lelie
  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield
  • RicardPG
  • Phil Ower
  • Walter_V_R

And after the hint:

  • krenek
  • ndrqu
  • Mehmet DURMUS

May 15th, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #395 Hint

Around 120,000 people with over 20 years of emergency temporary living.

May 13th, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 comments

Contest #395

#393

May 8th, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | 9 comments

Contest #394: Bhaktapur, Katmandu Valley, Nepal

On Saturday, April 25th at 11:56am Nepal Standard Time, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck near the village of Barpak, Nepal, about 75 KM northwest of Katmandu.

The devastation from the quake was widespread and complete. As of the writing of this post, over 7000 are known dead with tens of thousands more missing. The effects were felt all over Nepal, from avalanches that killed climbers on the slopes of Everest and K2, to the myriad small villages which were left isolated with most or all structures in town damaged or destroyed, to the damage and collapse of hundreds of important cultural landmarks in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in and around the Katmandu Valley.

One of those UNESCO sites is Durbar Square in Bhaktapur, the target of this week’s search.

Bhaktapur means “Place of Devotees”, and Durbar Square contains a series of temples and other structures, some dating back to the 15th century AD. Many of these are now in ruins.

Durbar Square Bhaktapur

(Uwe Gille)

(AP / Niranjan Shrestha)

(AP / Niranjan Shrestha)

 (AP / Niranjan Shrestha)

(AP / Niranjan Shrestha)

Some coverage of the area
BBC
CNN

Those who found it (and hopefully took the time to help in some small way):

  • Garfield
  • Phil Ower
  • Lighthouse
  • hhgygy
  • Walter_V_R
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Marcel
  • ndrqu
  • krenek
  • mehmet durmus
  • RicardPG
  • Lelie
  • Charley Seavey (after the hint)

May 8th, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #394 Hint

Seriously? You need a hint?

It’s a PLACE where you would go if you are a DEVOTEE

May 6th, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments