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

Contest #646: the Streymoy entrance to the Vagatunnilin, Streymoy Island, Faroe Islands

This week took us from Iceland to the Faroe Islands and the Vágatunnilin. This image shows the eastern end of the tunnel between Streymoy and Vagar Islands. It’s a 4.9 km tunnel under the sea.

https://www.maritime-executive.com/features/underwater-tunnels-revolutionize-the-faroes

Found what couldn’t be seen:

  • Graham Hedley
  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • hhgygy
  • Garfield
  • Phil Ower
  • Walter_V_R
  • Root007-1
  • Lighthouse

Contest #645: Flatey Island, Iceland

Flatey Island is the only inhabited island of the 3,000 small islets dotting the dramatic Breidafjordur Bay on northwest Iceland. The island is significant for its combination of natural features and historical heritage.

It was voted the world’s best island according to Big 7 Travel: https://bigseventravel.com/2019/09/the-50-best-islands-in-the-world-for-2020/

Found another island in the sea:

  • Phil Ower
  • Garfield
  • Martin de Bock
  • Graham Hedley
  • Walter_V_R
  • hhgygy
  • Lighthouse
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Nancy

Sorry for the late hint – thanks hhgygy for reminding us!

Contest #644 – Klovharu, Porvoo, Finland

The author of the Moomin books, Tove Jansson, and her partner Tuulikki Pietilä spent summers in the cabin on this tiny island in the Gulf of Finland. Most of Jansson’s works were written either entirely or partly in this cabin.

Tours of the island and cabin are available, but only for a very short window in mid to late July. Only 8 persons at a time can visit the island and the boat only goes over once per day during the touring window of about 7-10 days, depending on weather, bird nesting, etc.

Those who found it before the hint were:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock
  • Graham Hedley
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • Phil Ower
  • Lighthouse

And after the hint:

  • Robin
  • Andreas Meister
  • Gillian B
  • Walter_V_R
  • Chris Nason
  • René De La Carte

Contest #642: St. Paul Island harbour, Alaska

This was a tough contest, as seen by the number of correct responses. Let Paul and I know if it was too tough.

St. Paul Island is one of 4 volcanic islands in the middle of the Bering Sea. The island itself has a land area of 100 square km. There is a small community there with a harbour and the largest crab processing plant in the world (Trident). Highly automated for efficient snow crab production, the operation can butcher, cook, freeze and box more than 500,000 pounds of opilio per day.

There is one church on the island, Sts. Peter and Paul Church, a Russian Orthodox church built in 1907.

Found the island in the ocean:

  • Graham Hedley

After the hint:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Walter_V_R
  • Martin de Bock
  • hhgygy

Contest #641: the Ashegoda wind farm in Ethiopia

The Ashegoda Wind Farm is located near Ashegoda in the Tigray region of northeast Ethiopia. The 120 MW wind farm supplies electricity to more than 3 million Ethiopians. The powerful wind resource allows the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo), the national electric company, to produce each kWh at low cost (0,06 €/kWh).

A total of 84 wind turbines make up the wind farm.

This truly ends the renewable energy series of contests.

Before the hint:

  • Garfield
  • Martin de Bock
  • Lighthouse
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Phil Ower
  • Graham Hedley

After the hint:

  • Walter_V_R

Contest #640: Xiluodo Dam, Sichuan, China

The Xiluodo Dam is a major power producer in Sichuan. With an annual output of approximately 55 terawatt/hours, it ranks as the 3rd largest producing power generation plant on the planet. Just this plant produces more power than such entire countries as Greece, Denmark, and Peru. This one site produces enough renewable power that if it was a country, it would be the 17th largest generator in the world.

Built in 2005, the dam also provides vital flood control for the region.

Those who flowed through the Xiluodo before the hint were:

  • Lighthouse
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Walter_V_R
  • hhgygy
  • Martin de Bock
  • Graham Hedley
  • Garfield
  • Phil Ower
  • Andreas Meister
  • Nancy Barbato
  • Yusef Yakub Hoca Fendi
  • Hans1789

And after the hint:

  • David Kozina

Congratulations to Garfield with a perfect score this renewable energy series!

Contest #637: Mutriku Breakwater Wave Plant, Mutriku, Spain

Located on the northern coast of Spain in the Basque country, this ingenious power plant leverages the motion of the waves against a breakwater to generate power. The breaking waves push a series of columns of air. The moving air drives 16 generators.

Those who found it before the hint:

  • hhgygy
  • Eloy Cano
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Walter_V_R
  • Lighthouse
  • krenek
  • Martin de Bock
  • Garfield
  • Andreas Meister
  • David Kozina
  • Phil Ower

And after the hint:

  • Robin
  • Chris Nason
  • Jeather

By the way, I made a mistake in the hint — the 70,000 homes number comes from the previous contest (Steven’s Croft). Mutriku generates about 300KW, or enough to power about 250 homes. To be fair, I’m sure the “Basque” part of the hint was way more useful to people that needed it than the output number could have. I fixed it on Thursday, but, if that threw you off and kept you from entering the right place, comment here and we’ll consider giving you the point.