Contest #26 Answer

Wow. People must stay up on current events. Contest #26 had the highest number of correct answers of any contest to date. The correct answer was the new Olympic Stadium in Beijing dubbed “the birds nest”. I don’t know the date of the image used in Google Earth, but I think the stadium is pretty much done now. I should be there sometime this summer.

  • Nathan D
  • Dave Land
  • Wayne
  • Linda Holland
  • LMG
  • Matt Manolides
  • David
  • Andy McAllister
  • Skip
  • Brian T
  • Wendy
  • Kal The Ameristani
  • Ben Bayer
  • ACG
  • Josh Cheong
  • Kevin
  • Chris Christensen
  • Stephen Hope
  • Karel

The Birds Nest (by Swamibu)
Image by Swamibu

<The Bird's Nest (by f u n k y  !)
Image by f u n k y

Contest #25 Answer

This one was probably a bit harder. The ones zoomed in photos tend to be. Also, I’m quite sure that no one reading this has visited the place. The answer is the Chernobyl (former) nuclear power plant in Ukraine. This of course is the location of the worst nuclear disaster in world history in 1986, during the last days of the former USSR.

Getting this one correct:

  • Karel
  • ACG
  • Ben Bayer
  • Matt Manolides
  • Stephen Hope
  • Skip
  • David

chernobyl_openpit (by dinabtream)

My Chernobyl Adventure part 2:  Unfinished Reactor (by Stuck in Customstream)
Image by Stuck In Customs

Contest #24 Answer

Lots of people got this one right. It is the largest island, inside of a like, on an island, in a lake, on an island. It is Crater Lake in Taal Volcano in the Philippine island of Luzon. Tall was voted one of the Seven Wonders of the Philippines.

I was a bit late in getting the answer for this one out because I was in Tasmania and the internet there wasn’t that great.

Getting this one right:

  • Ron Schott
  • Nathan D
  • ACG
  • Stephen Hope
  • Karel
  • Dave Land
  • Martha
  • Brian T
  • Keven Lew
  • Ben Bayer
  • Matt Manolides
  • Andy McAllister

Tagaytay, Taal Lake and Volcano Island (by Storm Crypt)
Image by Storm Crypt

Crater Lake on Vulcano Island (by rycordell)
Image by Ryan Cordell

Contest #23 Answer

This one was a bit more tricky. Especially if you don’t live in North America. The answer is Point Roberts, Washington, aka the appendix of America. When the original boundry between the US and Canada was established at the 49th parallel, there was a stub of land below the 49th parallel which wasn’t connected to the rest of the US. If you look at the satellite image, you can see a horizontal line which is the border between the US and Canada. There are also bits of the US you can’t get to via land up in the Lake of the Woods in Minnesota. I once drove up there just to see what it was like.

Getting this one correct:

  • Brian T
  • Ben Bayer
  • ACG
  • Karel
  • Dave Rennie
  • Matt Manolides
  • Ron Schott

Contest #22 Answer

I couldn’t resist this one. It has been in the news lately, but I didn’t know it was so far along as to appear on Google Earth. It is “The World”, a manmade archipelago off the coast of Dubai. You can own your own part of the world for only a few million dollars. Personally, I’d invade my neighbors and try to reconstruct ancient empires. Or, I’d get my neighbors to play enormous games of Risk.

Getting this one right, a record number of people:

  • Wedny
  • Matt Manolides
  • ACG
  • Andy McAllister
  • Kal…the Ameristani
  • Ben Bayer
  • Brian T
  • Kevin Lew
  • Karel
  • Roland
  • Ron Schott
  • Stephen Hope
  • Martha
  • Deion

Contest #21 Answer

We are starting out the new decade of contests with a softball. The answer is the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (not Constantinople), Turkey. For almost 1,000 years, the Hagia Sophia was the largest church in the world. It became a mosque after the fall of Constantinople and now is a museum. If you are interested in Byzantium, there is an excellent podcast lecture series called “12 Byzantine Rulers” which gives a great overview of the Byzantine Empire.

Getting this one correct:

  • Brian T
  • Matt Manolides
  • Chris Christensen
  • Andy McAllister
  • Ron Schott
  • Florian Jenn
  • ACG
  • Stephen Hope
  • Karel
  • Ben Bayer

Please expect some overlap in future contests. I can queue up contests in advance, but answers require me to do sit down and go through answers. This will also me to get contests out in a more timely manner as I am traveling.

Hagia Sophia HDR (by javierly.com)
Image by Javierly.com

Hagia Sophia (by RK Catch)
Image by RK Catch