Contest #649: the island of Hirta, St. Kilda, United Kingdom

Beating the end of the island series, this week we visited the island of Hirta, part of St. Kilda in the United Kingdom.

The actual location in the picture shows the World Heritage Site – for cultural and natural reasons.

https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/387

Recent research indicates that the archipelago has been occupied on and off for over 4000 years. The landscape including houses, large enclosures and cleits – unique drystone storage structures found, in their hundreds, across the islands and stacks within the archipelago – culminates in the surviving remains of the nineteenth and twentieth century cultural landscape of Village Bay.

The St Kilda Wren and St Kilda Fieldmouse live here and are not found anywhere else.

With nearly one million seabirds present at the height of the breeding season, St Kilda supports the largest seabird colony in the north-east Atlantic, its size and diversity of global significance making it a seabird sanctuary without parallel in Europe.

Found before the hint:

  • hhgygy
  • Walter_V_R
  • Martin de Bock
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • Luís Filipe Miguel
  • Graham Hedley
  • Garfield
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Eloy Cano
  • madone
  • Luciano P.
  • Walter Schirra

After the hint:

  • Chris Nason

Contest #648: Amantani Island, Lake Titicaca, Peru

This week’s Island was Amantani Island, found in Lake Titicaca, Peru.

It’s got a long history. There has two mountain peaks, Pachatata (“father earth”) and Pachamama (“mother earth”), with ancient Inca and Tiwanaku ruins on top of both. The hillsides are terraced, mostly worked by hand. There are no vehicles and no electricity on the island.

Wikipedia

Found before the hint:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Walter_V_R
  • hhgygy
  • Martin de Bock
  • Phil Ower
  • Garfield
  • Eloy Cano
  • Lighthouse
  • Graham Hedley
  • MC Solaar

After the hint:

  • MuThDdDe

Contest #647: Fisher Island, Florida, USA

Fisher Island just south of Miami Beach, Florida is this week’s island destination. It’s also one of the highest per capita areas in the US.

It was part of the island of Miami Beach until Government Cut was dredged leaving Fisher Island on its own. In 1925, the island was part of an interesting trade – the island going to William Vanderbilt III, the yacht going to the land developer Carl Fisher.

Getting to the island requires pre-arranged security clearance and a trip on the private 24 hour ferry.

Wikipedia entry for Fisher Island

Found before the hint:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • hhgygy
  • Walter_V_R
  • Martin de Bock
  • Phil Ower
  • Garfield
  • madone
  • Graham Hedley
  • Lighthouse
  • Luis Felipe Miguel

After the hint:

  • Teemu Pukki
  • ashwini agrawal

Coronavirus update

Just letting you know that Paul and I will continue the run the whereongoogleearth.net game to keep some of you occupied (for a bit) while you are in self-isolation.

If you have too much spare time, and want to play another similar game, check out the WOGE Speed group on Facebook. New contests go up once the previous one is solved and verified. You will need to apply for membership which requires solving a geography puzzle – but if you are playing here, it will not be a terribly tough one.