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.
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:
Skip (Austin, TX)
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.
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.
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: