Contest #50 Answer: Hambach Open Pit Mine, Germany

An so ends the final installment of Karel-fest. For his finale, he picked something close to home, just over the border of the Netherlands in Germany, the Hamback Open Pit Mine. The mine is known as the home of one of the largest movable machines in the world. It is one of those things you’ve probably seen on the Discovery Channel. When you see it near car or a person, it is sort of stunning to see just how large it is. The mound next to the mine is also one of the largest man made hills in the world.

With the end on contest 50, the leaderboard will reset and everyone will go back to zero. If you’ve been lurking and waiting to join in, contest 51 will be a chance to start.

ACG will be picking locations for contests number 51-60, as he previously won set #21-30. Other who went 10/10 on this set, will have to wait your turn.

Those who fell into the open pit mine this time:

  • Andy McConnel
  • RDaneel
  • Pan
  • Linda Holland
  • ACG
  • PK
  • David S
  • Kieth M
  • Milosh, Serbia
  • Willem
  • Brian T
  • Skip (Austin, TX)
  • Ewen

Contest #49 Answer: California City, California

The answer to contest #49 is California City, California. The city so nice, they named it twice. Unfortunately, it wasn’t nice enough to actually get people to live there. The original plan of building a giant city in the Mohave desert I guess fly with people. There are 80,000 acres of land dedicated to the city, complete with abandoned, named roads, which you can see in the photo.

Those checking into the Hotel California City:

  • Milosh, Serbia
  • PK
  • RDaneel
  • Brian T
  • Skip (Austin, TX)
  • Pan
  • Kieth M
  • David S
  • ACG
  • Willem
  • Ewen

Remember. the next contest will be the last one for this contest set, and the leaderboard will reset with contest #51. Contest #50 will also be the last one selected by Karel who will be back in the competition pool starting with contest #51. In the event of a tie for this set (which is likely) I’ll be using past sets break the tie.

Contest #48 Answer: Marvao, Portugal

Boy, Karel is really throwing some tough ones. The last two have really separated the wheat from the chaff. The 3D layer was really throwing a curve.

The answer is Marvao, Portugal, a place I can say with all honesty I have never heard of before this contest (note to self, when in Portugal, visit Marvao.)

The castle in Marvao was built in the 13th century, and is an excellently preserved example of the period.

Storming the ramparts for this one:

  • Kieth M
  • PK
  • Pan
  • ACG
  • Skip (Austin, TX)
  • jvo
  • Davis S
  • Brian T
  • Ewen

This one also set a record for incorrect answers. You are free to guess, but take a second to check the spot on the map first.

Contest #47 Answer: Philae, Egypt

Sorry for the delay in getting this one up. I was in Bintan, Indonesia the last week and Internet access was sparse to say the least. I’m in lovely Kuala Lumpur right now and have all you can eat wifi.

This was probably one of the harder contests we’ve had, as everyone noted in their submissions. The answer is the Philae Templein the Nile river in Egypt. Many of the ancient temples on the island were moved when the Answan High Dam was constructed. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Agilika island was also accepted as an answer.

Those who walked like an Egyptian:

  • Pan
  • jvo
  • David S
  • Skip
  • Kieth M
  • Michael T
  • ACG
  • Milosh, Serbia
  • Brian T
  • PK
  • Ewen

Contest #46 Answer: Maeslantkering Surge Barrier, Netherlands

Karel stayed at home for contest #46 picking the Maeslantkering storm barrier in the Rotterdam Harbor in the Netherlands. The barrier is part of the Deltawerken project to prevent flooding of the lowlands, after the great 1953 flood.

Reminder, please don’t use just your first name when answering questions. Use an initial, or a last name, or a nickname or something unique.

FYI, if we should have a tie for winner this set of contests (41-50), winning a past set will be used as a tie breaker. So even if you don’t get to do 51-60, getting all 10 correct will still set you up to pick locations for a future contest.

Those who put their finger in the dike for this contest:

  • brian clements
  • Joey Hazlett
  • Brian
  • Enrique S
  • Kieth M
  • Minkas
  • Pan
  • Linda Holland
  • ej
  • Sierralapiedra
  • charlie my boy
  • jvo
  • Brian T
  • Ewen
  • Michael
  • Milosh, Serbia
  • Willem
  • David S
  • Skip (Austin, TX)
  • ACG
  • PK