I’ve been in the Australian Outback the last several days. The landscape never changes. I might just be the most boring drive on the planet. The only thing which would be more boring would be driving over Antarctica, which is the location of Contest #34: McMurdo Station, Antarctica. (It is located at about -77,846,166,678 if you want to find it).
I’m surprised more people didn’t get it. The “dark” clue and the snow I figured would have been a give away. It is also pretty much the only thing of note on the continent.
I should also note, that with the conclusion of contest #40, as an added incentive, I’m going to let the winner of the previous set of 10 pick the images for the next set.
Note: I lightened up this image in Photoshop slightly because the original image in Google Earth was very dark and the features were hard to see. The image is also has more grain that usual because of the resolution of the satellite image.
First, let me say if you haven’t upgraded your copy Google Earth lately, you should do so. The newest version has greatly improved navigation. It also does a lot of little simple things easier if you work with KML files. (Speaking of which, if you haven’t, you should download my custom layer I’ve built for my trip around the world). Also, if you want to have instant notification of when a new contest is up, you can follow me on Twitter. New posts go out to Twitter instantly.
Contest #34 turned out to be pretty easy. The correct answer is Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This is the primary launch site for the Space Shuttle and was where Apollo 11 left to go to the moon. This was probably easier than picking the spot in the ocean where they landed.
I tried to be cleaver and put the volcano slightly off center so you could see the flow and the city below. I figured that would be a bit of a hint. The correct answer is Mount Vesuvius in Italy, the volcano which destroyed the city Pompeii in 79 AD. This event, like many horrible things in history, occurred on my birthday, which I think says something.
Getting this one right:
For the first time, a few people had incorrect guesses. Make sure you check your answer in Google Earth to see if the images match.
Sorry for the delay in getting this up. I’ve been in Papua New Guinea which, believe it or not, is not a very wired country. Even when I could find an internet connection, I was usually connected with a 14.4kb modem. Barely good enough to use Gmail, let alone Google Earth.
This was a pretty easy one. The correct answer is the Nazca Lines in Peru. I think it is self evident that this is proof that aliens have visited Earth. Who else but ET could draw crude lines in the desert?
Wow. Contest #30 was really a stumper. All-time low for correct answers. A whopping two people got this one right. The correct answer is the Lonar Crater in India. It was created abotu 55,000 years ago and is partially filled with salt water. It is the only salt water crater lake in the world and one of the only craters made in basalt. Because of this (the basalt part) some scientists think it might be the best example on Earth of the type of craters found on Mars.
Skip from Austin and Karel get gold stars this week and a letter from the teacher to put on the fridge.