Where On Google Earth?

The Online Geography Game

Upcoming contest #500

Where On Google Earth started in February 2008, and has been providing players around the world with challenging puzzles on a (now) weekly basis.

We are approaching milestone contest 500, and would like to celebrate this with a different kind of contest – where you get to choose one location each to challenge the rest of the players.

Submit a location (lat/lon with scale on image) and a helpful hint. We will number and post all images for everyone to solve. We reserve the right to not use locations that do not meet our standards. We will reveal all hints at the usual date and time (0001 UTC on Wednesday).

Everyone should get at least 2 points, but can someone find them all?


April 28th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #498


April 28th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #497: the Moroccan Wall at 26.983N, 9.286W

During my reading about walls being constructed for various reasons, I came across mention of the Moroccan Wall of Western Sahara – the longest in the world at around 2700 km. It is also one of the most heavily mined parts of the world. It is also known as “The Berm” because of the construction.

It separates the Moroccan occupied, and controlled, areas (Southern Provinces) and the Polisario-controlled areas (Free Zone, nominally Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic) that lies along its eastern and southern border.

A map showing the extent of the wall

And an image of the wall itself

This contest proved to be a tricky one, as it was in two parts: what was it, and where was this particular location.

The few who found it, despite its size:

  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower

After the hint:

  • Glenmorren
  • donaaronio

April 28th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | one comment

Contest #497 Hint

Longest in the world, but be careful where you step.

April 26th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | one comment

Contest #497


April 21st, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 comments

Contest #495 the site of the former refinery near Sunburst, Montana, USA

This image with the rings stood out to me as an interesting location – what resulted in the rings? Natural, man-made?

After some investigation, it turned out to be the site of a refinery built to serve the small oilfield discovered just southwest of the town of Sunburst, Montana in the USA.

Built in 1924, it operated until 1961, after it was discovered that oil was leaking from pipes and getting into houses in the town.

Link to toxipedia page

Found before the oil ran dry (or in this case underground):

  • Glenmorren
  • Garfield
  • Phil Ower
  • Lighthouse
  • Lelie

After the hint:

  • no one

April 14th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #495 Hint

Like a leaky bucket led to its closure?

April 12th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #495


April 7th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 comments

Contest #493: Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu in southern Peru is believed to be an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). It is the most familiar icon of Inca civilization. The Incas built the estate around 1450 but abandoned it a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Although known locally, it was not known to the Spanish during the colonial period and remained unknown to the outside world until American historian Hiram Bingham brought it to international attention in 1911.

Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. Its three primary structures are the Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. Most of the outlying buildings have been reconstructed in order to give tourists a better idea of how they originally appeared.

Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll.

Found, not by the Spanish in the 16th Century, but by:

  • Glenmorren
  • Phil Ower
  • hhgygy
  • Lighthouse
  • Eloy Cano
  • Garfield
  • MEHMET Durmus
  • Lelie
  • Jeather
  • Rob de Wolff
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • joe9000
  • Luís Filipe Miguel
  • donaaronio
  • RicardPG
  • Tuxedo Jones

After the hint:

  • Ben S
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Chris Nason
  • Declan Moore
  • LawnBoy
  • Robin
  • Skip

March 31st, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #493 Hint

One of the New Seven!

March 29th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 comments