Curses!! I can’t believe the company which sold the photo gave it away that easy! Andy McAllister picks up the win the assist from Dr. Bayer. The answer is Timbuktu, Mali. One of the most important trading cities in Africa and one of the places most responsible for the spread of Islam in North Africa.
Image from www.aluka.org
Contest #6 was won by the former Wisconsin State Debate Champion, the Honorable Doctor Benjamin Bayer PhD. The answer is the Dutch/Belgian enclaves/exclaves of Baarle-Hertog and Baarle-Nassau.
Seriously, guys. I thought this one would be much more difficult. I really need to think of something a bit harder.
Hint: The yellow lines are not there by accident
Contest #5 was won by Stephen Hope. I should have known better than to post something so unique and so…… New Zealand. The correct answer is Mount Egmont/Taranaki. The circle is because the park surrounding the mountain is defined by the radius from the peak. The dark green is forest and the light green are are farms surrounding the mountain.
Image by http://flickr.com/photos/aidanwojtas/
Kevin Lew is spoiling things for everyone. He is 2 for 2 now in correctly guessing that the answer to Contest #4 is the Green Sand Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii.
The green in the green sand is the mineral olivine, which can be found in the volcanic rocks in Hawaii. The beach is very difficult to get to as there are no roads, no signs, and you have to climb down to get to the beach. It is the only one of its kind in the world.
I thought this one would take longer to solve. The gauntlet has been thrown….
Image by me
Kevin Lew wasted no time in answering Contest #3. It was Andros Island in the Bahamas. The massive chunk of turquoise visible from almost any distance was a dead give away. The color of the sea and the sand are all due to massive deposits of calcium carbonate which can precipitate out of the warm Caribbean water. Note to self….don’t post images taken from that high upImage from http://www.flickr.com/photos/lighttable
This image was taken at an altitude of approximately 25km