Contest #77 Answer:Praia Grande, Brazil

South of São Paulo, Brazil is the “Big Beach” – literally Praia Grande.  The highway that bisects this Beach community is Brazil 101 also known as Rod Padre Manoel da Nóbrega. I suppose this would be one of the places locals from São Paulo go to escape the big city, there are hundreds of condos and apartments along the beach.  The area is also known for it’s surfing, and kite flying.  You can find some great pictures at http://www.caminandosinrumbo.com/brasil/praia/indexe.htm

Great Job to everyone who Correctly Identified this spot:

  • Karel
  • Ewen
  • Max_power
  • Willem
  • Michael T
  • Keith
  • Andy McConnell

Contest #76 Answer:Inga Falls, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Deep in the heart of Africa runs the Congo River, and one of the largest water falls in the World.  The Inga Falls drops some 300 plus feet in about 15 km, as it makes it’s way to the Atlantic Ocean.  The flow is roughly between 1.5 – 2.5 million ft/sec.  Also visible in the image is the Inga Dams, plans are underway to expand the hydro electric capacity with two new dams, called Inga III and Grand Inga.  This ambitious $80 billion  plan is designed to help the African continent deal it’s growing electrical needs.  Remember to check your Answers with the new Google Earth 5.0 (beta).

Those making it through the rapids:

  • Karel
  • Ewen
  • Dean

Contest #75 Answer:Sua salt pan, Botswana

Another challenging contest submitted by Milosh, the answer was the Sua salt pan, specifically the Botswana Soda Ash and Salt processing area (BOTASH).  This area is part of the greater Makgadikgadi salt flat.  The BOTASH plant visible in the Image was opened in June of 1991 and is owned by the Botswana Government, AECI, Anglo American Corporation, and De Beers, along with some financial Investors.

Soda Ash is also known as Sodium Carbonate and is most commonly used in the Manufacturing of Glass.

Correct Answers:

  • Ewen
  • Michael T
  • Karel
  • Dean
  • Aaron Predeek

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Contest #74 Answer: Punta del Faro, Sicily, Italy

Commonly referred to as Punta del Faro, but also known as the ancient Pelorus, This promontory of Sicily is the closest point to the Mainland of Italy at the Strait of Messina.  Visible in the Image is one of the protected historical monuments, Pylons of Messina.  Also visable is a small Lake (lago Torre Faro) with Canals that connect to the Sea, and to Lago Ganzirri.  These lakes are known for the best eels and cockles in Sicily.   Did most people find this one difficult?

Correct Answers:

  • Andy McConnell
  • ewen
  • Michael T
  • Willem
  • Karel

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Contest #73 Answer: Durrat Al Bahrain

Located in the Persian Gulf is the Small Kingdom of Bahrain, and another massive artificial island development project, Durrat Al Bahrain (aka Pearl of Bahrain).  Bahrain has one of the fastest growing and “Freest” economies in the Middle East.  Some estimates schedule the opening sometime in 2009 with completion in 2015, and eventually these islands will be home to some 60,000 people.

Those with a wealth of Correct Answers:

  • ACG
  • Andy McConnel
  • ej
  • Michael T
  • Dean
  • Aaron Predeek
  • Karel
  • Skip
  • ewen
  • eocene
  • pfly
  • petko
  • Lance Finney
  • Willem
  • Neil
  • Richard

photo courtesy:Imre Solt