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The Online Geography Game

Contest #435

#435

February 12th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #434: Lijiang Old Town, Yunnan, China

Inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1997, Lijiang Old Town is a millennial aged town of incredibly diverse influences. Because the city sits on the “Old Tea Horse Caravan Trail”, it was a meeting place for a vast array of traders from a wide variety of cultures, many of whom contributed to the unique lifestyle and ambiance of the town.

Lijiang is known for its unique water system. Quoting from the brief to the nominating committee at UNESCO: “Lijiang’s remarkable water system stems Tom the 40,000 m* Heilongtan (Black Dragon Pool), which is fed by dozen of springs on the mountainside. Water flows Tom here to the Shuangshi Bridge, where it branches into three tributaries, known as the Eastern, Central, and Western Rivers. These subdivide into a network of channels and culverts to supply every house in the town. This water supply is supplemented by many springs and wells within the town itself.”

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Old city Channels in Lijiang

Those who avoided searching on the UNESCO site to find it (before the hint) included:

  • Eloy Cano
  • hhgygy
  • Phil Ower
  • Jason Hatterman
  • steve willis
  • mehmet DURMUS
  • Garfield
  • Lelie
  • Lighthouse
  • Ann K.
  • Joe9000
  • RicardPG
  • Traxsyder

And those who must really be getting tired of whc.unesco.org by now:

  • Junebug

February 12th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #434 Hint

A UNESCO World Heritage Site — yes, there are still a couple we haven’t used yet, and this is one of them.

February 10th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #434

#434

February 5th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #433: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was established on August 18, 1908, by President Theodore Roosevelt as the Lake Malheur Reservation. Roosevelt set aside unclaimed government lands encompassed by Malheur, Mud and Harney Lakes “as a preserve and breeding ground for native birds.” TR eventually created 51 such refuges during his Presidency.

TRex his own self, probably saying “Bully!”:

And the other clue, the Brewer’s Sparrow:

All the birds aren’t little. The Great Sandhill Crane:

A wild and somewhat desolate part of the world. Steens Mountains seen from the Refuge:

Welcome Visitors:

Well, almost all visitors.

And how about this gang?

Wildlife in the area includes as many as 320 species of birds and 58 species of mammals. Searching “Malheur National Wildlife Refuge” on Flickr (https://www.flickr.com) produces an astonishing number of images of birds and critters.

Found without a shot being fired:

  • Lelie
  • Lighthouse
  • Eloy Cano
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • LawnBoy
  • Luis Filipe Miguel
  • Jason Hatterman
  • Mehmet DURMUS
  • steve willis
  • donaaronio
  • David Kozina
  • Rob de Wolff
  • ej
  • Phil Ower

Needed some help:

  • Joe9000
  • RicardPG
  • Junebug

February 5th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #433 Hint

The Brewer’s Sparrow and Theodore Roosevelt both have a connection to this place.

February 3rd, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 comments

Contest #433

January 29th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | 16 comments

Contest #432: Landslide dam at the confluence of Clearwater and Cathedral Creeks, Nahanni National Park, NWT Canada

Contest #432 is a lake found behind a landslide dam in Nahanni National Park in the Northwest Territories of Canada.

The lake was formed when a landslide occurred during the winter of 1996-97 forming a landslide dam at the confluence of the Cathedral and Clearwater Creeks, just north of Virginia Falls on the South Nahanni River. In July 1997, part of the dam collapsed on Clearwater Creek with the lake that had formed behind the dam resulting in a large volume of water surging into the South Nahanni River causing water levels to rise rapidly but briefly.

The landslide dam across Cathedral Creek remains in place at this time. It is not obvious that there is any work being done to mitigate the collapse of this dam, with nearly 20 years of water in Cathedral Creek now stockpiled behind the dam.

Correct for 2 points:

  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • steve willis
  • Eloy Cano

Found with the help of the hint, for 1 point:

  • Junebug

January 29th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #432 Hint

Is that a river or a lake? In the winter of 1996-97, something happened to change the look of this location in a big way.

January 27th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #432

January 22nd, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | 7 comments