Contest #577: Jicamarca Radio Observatory, outside Lima, Peru

Jicamarca is a site in the Incoherent Scatter Radar Chain, a group of 6 observatories that include Arecibo, Millstone Hill in Massachusets, AMISR locations in Poker Flat, Alaska and Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada, and Sondrestrom in Greenland.

The observatory was, among many other milestones, the site of the first successful detection of VHF radar echoes from Venus. It also mapped in great detail the terrain of the Sea of Tranquility on the moon, data used extensively by Apollo astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin.

Those who found this site included:

  • hhgygy
  • Eloy Cano
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • AVE.C@ES.AR

And after the hint:

  • Walter_V_R
  • Martin de Bock
  • Yakubi Dergahi
  • Jeather
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Garfield
  • Elizabeth A Montes
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Rob de Wolff

Contest #576 – Coca Cola Logo near Arica, Chile

In 1986, Coca-Cola turned 100 years old. The company’s affiliate in Chile decided to commemorate the anniversary by building a copy of the logo that read “Coca-Cola: 100 Años” They used 70,000 empty bottles, arranged in the sand over a 400×150 foot area.

In 2011, the company went back, cleaned up the 25 years of damage, and changed the subtitle to “125 Años”.

Those who drank the coke included:

  • hhgygy
  • Lighthouse
  • Walter_V_R
  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • AVE.C@ES.AR
  • David Kozina
  • Gillian B
  • Garfield
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Phil Ower
  • Chris Nason
  • Rob de Wolff
  • gscrp
  • Steve Hoge
  • Hilde Lambeir
  • Yakubi Dergahi
  • Elizabeth A Montes

And after the hint:

  • Jeather
  • Ashwini Agrawal

Contest #575: Cerro Lambare, just outside Asuncion, Paraguay

This week’s contest was a visit to a country that we do not think has seen a WhereOnGoogleEarth contest: Asuncion, Paraguay.

The hill is topped with a monument to the chief of the Guaraní indigenous people of the area when the Spanish arrived. The hill provides views across Asuncion, the capital city of Paraguay.

Found in a new country in the game:

  • hhgygy
  • Lighthouse
  • Walter_V_R
  • Phil Ower
  • Garfield
  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • AVE.C@ES.AR

After the hint:

  • Elisabeth Montes

Contest #574: Devils Island as part of the Salvation Islands, off the coast of French Guiana

The penal colony of Cayenne, commonly known as Devil’s Island (Île du Diable), was a French penal colony that operated in the 19th and 20th century in the Salvation’s Islands of French Guiana. Opened in 1852, the Devil’s Island system received convicts deported from all parts of the Second French Empire, and was infamous for its harsh treatment of detainees, with a death rate of 75% at their worst, until it was closed down in 1953. Devil’s Island was notorious for being used for the internal exile of French political prisoners, with the most famous being Captain Alfred Dreyfus.

The idllyic looking island:

The not so idyllic prison:

Those who avoided a trip to a tropical paradise:

  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Walter_V_R
  • Yakubi Dergahi
  • Gillian B
  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • AVE.C@ES.AR
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • rob de wolff
  • hhgygy
  • Ian

After the hint:

  • Lawnboy
  • Dec
  • HILDE LAMBEIR
  • Elizabeth A Montes
  • Sarah G.