After discovering that we had inadvertently included the latitude and longitude of the first image for contest #489, we quickly replaced it with a substitute image – showing Marion Island in the southern Indian Ocean.
There are two islands in the Prince Edward Islands group: Marion Island and Prince Edward Island. Discovered by the Dutch but misplotted (at 41S, not 46S), they remained unvisited until again “found” by the French in 1772 who thought they might have found Antarctica. Neither party was able to land – and the first recorded landing was not until 1799 when a group of sealers set foot on land. The hint referred to the fact that it is difficult to get to the island (boat or helicopter) and several parties have been stranded on the island with no easy way to get off.
In 1947, South Africa annexed the islands and established a meteorological station on the northeast shore. The station was enlarged and eventually replaced by a new research base in 2011. The two islands are now part of a Special Nature Reserve and Marine Protection Area.
As you can see, the island is volcanic in nature, with the Mascarin Peak at 1242 metres above sea level an active volcano with eruptions occurring from time to time.
The research base – old on the left and new on the right.
Found for 2 points, despite a bit of deception on our part:
- Eloy Cano
- Phil Ower
The following players get 2 points for finding the first location before the image was quickly removed, and perhaps not visiting the site since.
- Ben S.
If you get here, you usually have lots of time to explore… lots and lots of time without an easy escape.
It seems like we made contest 489 a little easy with the lat/ lon coordinates left on the image.
We’ve removed the original post and put up a revised one to give everyone a good contest. Paul, Charley and I will convene and decide how to award points.
The Lakihegy Radio Tower, just outside Budapest, Hungary was, at one time, the tallest man-made object in Europe – and is still the tallest man-made object in Hungary. The shadow on the ground was the key to solving this contest before the hint added some additional information. It shows that the tower is not the usual shape, but is built in a cigar design.
After a new radio tower was built to cover the area once served by Lakihegy in 1977, the plan was to bring the old tower down – however protests saved it – and it is now recognized as a protected industrial monument.
Found without additional support:
- Eloy Cano
- Paul Voestermans
- mehmet durmus
- Phil Ower
- George, Esq
After the hint:
- Ashwini Agrawal
- Declan Moore
- rob de wolff
The Evergrande Soccer Academy is the worlds largest with over 2500 students (2015) and has at least 47 soccer fields. Costs to date are close to $200 million USD, with coaches coming from Spain to help with the training.
The eventual goal is to bring the FIFA World Cup trophy to China, and to make sure everyone at the school knows what the goal is, there is a oversized 13 metre high statue of the FIFA trophy.
Found without needing extra time:
- Gyorgy Horvath
- Phil Ower
- mehmet DURMUS
- George, Esq.
Taken to extra time, with a decision reached:
Biggest in the world. Spain helped out with key individuals!
The central bit is large, very large – even bigger than a blue whale.
- Contest #493
- Contest #492: Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, USA
- Contest #492 Hint
- Contest #492
- Contest #491: Baljenac Island, Croatia
- Contest #491 Hint
- Contest #491
- Contest #490: The Admiralty Pier Gun Turret, Dover, England
- Contest #490 Hint
- Contest #490
- Contest #489: Marion Island, South Africa
- Contest 489 Hint