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Contest #543

#543

March 16th, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | 8 comments

Contest #542: the train cemetery near Uyuni, Bolivia

This week, we visited the train cemetery just outside of the desert town of Uyuni, Bolivia. Filled with hollowed out bodies that have completely rusted over and other remains, the “Great Train Graveyard” can be found high in the Andean plain.

Uyuni has long been known as an important transportation hub in South America and it connects several major cities. In the early 19th century, big plans were made to build an even bigger network of trains out of Uyuni, but the project was abandoned because of a combination of technical difficulties and tension with neighboring countries. The trains and other equipment were left to rust and fade out of memory.

Most of the trains that can be found in the Graveyard date back to the early 20th century and were imported from Britain. In other places in the world, the mighty steel trains would have held up better. The salt winds that blow over Uyuni, which hosts the world’s largest salt plain, have corroded all of the metal.

Found, despite all tracks not leading to a cemetery:

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

March 16th, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #542 Hint

Despite the look, it’s a salty cemetery.

March 14th, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | one comment

Contest #542


”542”

March 9th, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | 6 comments

Contest #540 – Alisa Craig, Firth of Clyde, Scotland

Curling stones certified by the World Curling Federation are granite mined from one of 2 locations on the planet. About 40% of stones come from the Treyfor Granite Quarry in Wales, and this big rock off the Ayrshire coast of Scotland accounts for the rest.

Ailsa Craig from the southeast
By August SchwerdfegerOwn work, CC BY 4.0, Link

Curling stones from Alisa Craig are prized for the Blue Hone granite, which has almost no water absorption.

Those who got into the house this end included:

  • Eloy Cano
  • Lighthouse
  • Rob de Wolff
  • hhgygy
  • Walter_V_R
  • mehmet durmus
  • Garfield
  • Phil Ower
  • donaaronio

And after the hint:

  • Luís Filipe Miguel
  • Newagincourt
  • LawnBoy
  • Chris Nason
  • Glenmorren
  • Jeather
  • BenF

Which brings to a close yet another series. Congratulations to Lighthouse, hhgygy, and Garfield for perfect scores!

March 2nd, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #534: the Khorgas Dryport, near the town of Khorgas in western China

The Khorgas Dryport in western China is an attempt to replicate the Silk Road as a way to get goods and materials from China to Europe.

The port lies at a midway point between Europe and China, the world’s largest economies alongside the United States. Here, freight trains will converge, cargo will be unloaded and recombined according to the destination, with new trains quickly departing (these giant cranes are capable of moving cargo between trains in just 47 minutes).

https://www.politico.eu/article/khorgas-china-kazakhstan-new-silk-road-trade/amp/

Another speck of sand found in the desert by:

  • Eloy Cano
  • hhgygy
  • Walter_V_R
  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Mehmet DURMUS
  • Steve Hoge

After the hint:

  • Glenmorren

January 19th, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #532 Hint

Younger than the more famous one several miles to the north, not extinct at this time.

January 3rd, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #532


December 29th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 12 comments

Contest #531: Mud Volcanoes, near Baku, Azerbaijan

The country of Azerbaijan, on the western coast of the Caspian Sea is home to about 40% of the mud volcanoes in the world.

The Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape (a National Park) hosts at least two of these interesting landscape features.

The appearance of the Zoroastrian religion in Azerbaijan almost 2,000 years ago is closely connected with these geological phenomena, and Azerbaijan’s etymology – Land of the Eternal Fire derives from its Zoroastrian history.

Found the mud:

  • hhgygy
  • Eloy Cano
  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • Mehmet Durmus
  • Jesus Rodriguez

After the hint:

  • Walter_V_R
  • Rodrigo Jurado
  • Andy McConnell
  • donaaronio
  • Chris Nason
  • Newagincourt

December 29th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #531 Hint

Zoroastrian religion, shepherds and mud.

December 27th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 comments