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Contest #520: Horizontal Waterfalls, Kemberley Region, Western Australia

As the water rushes in as at high tide and out at low tide, the effect, best viewed from a low flying plane, across the breaks in the rocks creates the illusion of a waterfall, only instead of falling from height, it moves horizontally.

Those who found this location before the hint were:

  • hhgygy
  • Glenmorren
  • Eloy Cano
  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • Streaming Doc
  • mehmet durmus

And after the hint:

  • Stephen Hope
  • David Kozina
  • Tuxedo Jones

Which ends yet another series! Congratulations to the winners of this round all with perfect scores: Eloy Cano, Garfield and Lighthouse.

October 13th, 2017 Posted by | Reveal | no comments

Contest #519: Keret House / Warsaw Ghetto Memorial Markers, Warsaw, Poland

This started out as one contest, but one of our regular contestants quickly turned it into another one.

Etgar Keret is an Israeli author and screenwriter. Among his works are the screenplay for “Wristcutters: A Love Story”. In 2012, he was invited to reside in a special house — a work of art by the architect Jakub Szczęsny — the narrowest house in the world.

The Keret House between two other buildings, as seen from the street

The structure is 2 stories high with a total of just over 4 square meters of floor space.

All good — the reveal was written and queued up, ready to go, then we got Phil Ower’s comment who pointed out that this was also the location of one of the Warsaw Ghetto Boundary memorial markers. Specifically, the location of a wooden bridge (The Bridge of Sighs) which connected the large and small ghettos and became a strong physical icon of the Holocaust.

There was no way we were going to declare Phil wrong, given the importance and power of this find, especially when he was completely right. So everyone who gave either answer was given credit.

Those who squeezed in a correct answer before the hint were:

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

And after the hint:

  • Andy McConnell
  • Rob de Wolff

October 6th, 2017 Posted by | Reveal | one comment

Contest #518: Atomic Bomb Loading Pits, Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands

The atomic bombs used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were huge compared to other ordinances of the time. For this reason, and for secrecy reasons, the bombs had to be loaded in the airplanes differently. The video below (starting at 2:26) shows the process. First, the bombs were loaded onto special hydraulic lifts in these pits, then the planes were towed over the pits with the bomb bay doors open. Once in place, the hydraulics would lift the bombs into the bay and attach them to the releases.

After the war, the pits were filled for safety. The airfield, which had become the largest airport in the world during the war, fell into disuse and was swallowed up by the jungle. In 2004, for the 60th anniversary of the battles of Saipan and Tinian, the bomb pits were reopened and covered by glass and steel covers with displays and plaques.

No. 1 Atomic Bomb loading pit, North Field (Tinian), 27 August 2008

Those who found this one before the hint:

  • Rob de Wolff
  • Eloy Cano
  • mehmet durmus
  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse

and after the hint:

  • hhgygy
  • Andy McConnell
  • Jeather
  • Phil Ower
  • Steve Hoge
  • Blaze
  • David Kozina

September 29th, 2017 Posted by | Reveal | no comments

Contest #517: Chokoloskee Island, Florida, US

Chokoloskee Island, in southern Florida west of Miami, was inhabited by Indians for many years before the European explorers reached the area. The settlement we now see was started in 1874 with a post office established in 1891. It is connected to the mainland by Tamiami Trail.

It was just east of the track of the eye of Hurricane Irma last week, which hit Marco Island. Luckily for residents of the island, it is a bit higher than surrounding islands as it is about 6 metres above sea level. This is due to shell mounds built on the island over the past 2000 years. However, the causeway was still damaged with heavy damage reported in the community.

  • Lighthouse
  • Eloy Cano
  • Andy McConnell
  • David Kozina
  • Garfield
  • Horvath Gyorgy
  • Phil Ower
  • Mehmet DURMUS
  • Glenmorren
  • Blaze
  • Streaming Doc
  • Brandon smith
  • Luis Filipe Miguel
  • rob de wolff

After the hint: no-one.

Please let us know via comments here if our hints are good, so-so or truly unhelpful.

September 22nd, 2017 Posted by | Reveal | one comment

Contest #516: the iron ore port south of Nouadhibou, Mauritania

This week’s contest took us to Mauritania and more specifically the iron ore port to the south of Nouadhibou.

The port ships out iron ore that arrives via some of the world’s longest trains from the mine near Zouérat.

Interestingly enough, travelers can ride on the train to or from Choum to the city of Nouadhibou – a dirty dusty ride.

Found this port:

  • Eloy Cano
  • mehmet DURMUS
  • Garfield
  • Horváth György
  • Lighthouse
  • Blaze
  • rob de wolff
  • Streaming Doc
  • Phil Ower

After the hint:

  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Andy McConnell

September 15th, 2017 Posted by | Reveal | no comments

Contest #515: the University of Alberta Botanical Gardens, near Devon/Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The University of Alberta Botanical Gardens are located just southwest of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and consist of 240 acres of gardens and natural areas.

Built starting in 1959, highlights of the garden include the Kurimoto Japanese Garden; a Tropical Showhouse with exotic butterflies; Temperate and Arid Showhouses; extensive alpine, herb, rose, peony, lilac, lily and primula collections; Native Peoples Garden; trial beds and much more.

It contains a diverse variety of plants, with emphasis on cold-hardy plants that can survive the harsh extremes of a Zone 3 climate.

The Gardens are open from May to Canadian Thanksgiving in early October.

Japanese Gardens

Maze

Rose garden

Found this gem in the wilderness for 2 points:

  • Lighthouse
  • Eloy Cano
  • Garfield
  • Phil Ower
  • Blaze

And with the hint;

  • Andy McConnel
  • hhgygy
  • Glenmorren

September 8th, 2017 Posted by | Reveal | no comments

Contest #514 – 185 Empty Chairs Memorial, Christchurch, New Zealand

185 empty white chairs- remembering Christchurch earthquake.jpg
By Bernard Spragg. NZ – https://www.flickr.com/photos/volvob12b/33071903003/, CC0, Link

On 22 February 2011, Christchurch was hit with a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. The area was devastated and 185 people were killed.

One year later, a local artist, Peter Majendie arranged 185 empty chairs, painted white, on the grounds of a demolished church. He was inspired by similar memorials in Oklahoma City and New York City, as well as paintings by Van Gogh. Majendie intended for the memorial to be temporary, perhaps only lasting a few weeks, but the residents of Christchurch had other thoughts. The site resonated with the survivors, giving them a place of quiet reflection.

In October 2012, 8 months after the installation, the church requested that the memorial be moved so that they could rebuild. Majendie acquired a new location near the site of another demolished church, which is where the chairs are now. The city is planning a major build out of the area, including a new soccer stadium, so it will need to be moved yet again, and a foundation that Majendie formed is seeking a permanent location.

For a nice blog article on the memorial written right after it was first installed (in the original location), consult Adrienne Rewi’s Blog

Those who had a seat before the hint included:

  • hhgygy
  • David Kozina
  • mehmet durmus
  • Glenmorren
  • Garfield
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Eloy Cano
  • Phil Ower
  • Lighthouse
  • Andy McConnell

and those who had to travel to the new location (after the hint):

  • Gillian B
  • Blaze
  • Tuxedo Jones
  • rob de wolff

September 1st, 2017 Posted by | Reveal | no comments

Contest #513: Medeu, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Advertised as “The Highest Skating Rink in the World” (it’s not, there’s one in Breckenridge, Colorado, USA that, at 3445 m is over twice as high), Medeu is a speed skating rink that is also used for Bandy (similar to hockey, but with a ball instead of a puck).

Upon its completion in 1951, Medeu became the premier training and competition site for Speed Skating for the Soviet Union. Many world records in speed skating were set here until the costs of maintaining and promoting Medeu proved to be too much for Kazakhstan post-USSR.

Medeobanen2.jpg

In the summer, the site was used as a concert ground where the “Азия Дауысы” (Voice of Asia) music festival from 1990 to 2004.

The site is protected by a mud-flow dam just to the south (slightly out of the picture).

Those who found this place before the hint included:

  • Phil Ower
  • David Kozina
  • mehmet durmus
  • Garfield
  • Andy McConnell
  • Lighthouse
  • Eloy Cano
  • hhgygy

and after:

  • Rob de Wolff
  • Tuxedo Jones

August 25th, 2017 Posted by | Reveal | no comments