Contest #593: Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, northwest Madagascar

Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is a national park located in Melaky Region, northwest Madagascar.

The Tsingys are karstic plateaus in which groundwater has undercut the elevated uplands, and has gouged caverns and fissures into the limestone. Because of local conditions, the erosion is patterned vertically as well as horizontally. In several regions on western Madagascar, centering on this National Park and adjacent Nature Reserve, the superposition of vertical and horizontal erosion patterns has created dramatic “forests” of limestone needles.

The word tsingy is indigenous to the Malagasy language as a description of the karst badlands of Madagascar. The word can be translated into English as “where one cannot walk barefoot” or “walking on the tip of the feet” as in the hint.

Found the field of needles, without a haystack:

  • Horvath György
  • Lighthouse
  • David Kozina
  • Martin de Bock
  • Phil Ower
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Eloy Cano
  • Abcdefg Hijkl
  • Walter_V_R
  • Garfield

And after the hint:

  • rob de wolff

Contest #592: Peacebunny Island, Newport, Minnesota, USA

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When Caleb Smith was 10 years old, he was looking at Craigslist and found in excess of 350 bunnies for sale. Appalled about the cycle of impulse buying and abandonment of these creatures, he decided to do something about it.

4 years later, in 2018, he negotiated and purchased an island in the Mississippi River and created a sanctuary there.

“My vision for Peacebunny Island started several years ago when an endangered American Blue rabbit named Paxton Peacebunny decided to adopt me … I told Pax that I knew it would take a bunch of dreamers with a pure heart to create such a special place. And it took some work, but I found them.” (from one of the island’s website)

Caleb has another website, the one for the non-profit he founded, STEM Bunnies. In this he discusses the aims of the foundation, which include “Hands-on, Minds-on learning”.

Those who hung with the bunnies, all before the hint, were:

  • Walter_V_R
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Lighthouse
  • Abcdefg Hijkl
  • hhgygy
  • Garfield
  • Phil Ower
  • Martin de Bock
  • Eloy Cano

Contest #591: Bagre Dam, Burkina Faso

Built in 1992, the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso has had a history of spilling over. This affects downstream areas in Burkina Faso and northern Ghana.

Money has been set aside by the Ghanaian government to build other dams downstream to capture the near-annual spillage that floods agricultural land and houses, but no dams have been built yet.

No Ferris Wheels here, but a dam:

  • Lighthouse
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Walter_V_R
  • Phil Ower
  • Garfield
  • Horváth György
  • Martin de Bock
  • Abcdefg Hijkl

Contest #590 – Dubai Eye, Dubai, UAE

You might notice that the order seems wrong here… Seems life got in the way and we were slow in putting together the 590 reveal. Sorry about that. If you are looking for 591, look past here, or just click here

This was the construction site of what will soon be the new largest ferris wheel in the world. No pictures this time.

Those who found it were:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Walter_V_R
  • Eloy Cano
  • AVE.C@ES.AR
  • Martin de Bock
  • hhgygy
  • Phil Ower
  • Robin
  • Rob de Wolff
  • Garfield
  • Gillian B
  • Chris Nason
  • Lighthouse
  • Andy McConnell
  • gscrp
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Yakubi Dergahi
  • Hilde Lambeir
  • Sandworm

and after the hint:

  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Dr. John

So ends the Ferris Wheel series. There were a LOT of perfect scores this round. Hearty congratulations to the following hard working folks:

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