GoogleEarthing #149


Use Google Earth to find the image below somewhere on the face of the Earth. When you find it, tell us using the comment feature.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not: 10 of 9

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Solved by: xiempie
Location: Shiraz, Iran

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21 Responses to “GoogleEarthing #149”

  1. I decided to add a 10th puzzle, to match Adriaan’s ten, and because I found another excuse to use the 3D terrain feature on Google Earth to create this image.

    I’ve also tweaked the link in each puzzle title to be a wee bit more direct — but still very general. Over time, if further clues are needed, I’ll tweak the link of each puzzle as appropriate for that puzzle.

    Be aware of rusty fish.

    And have fun!


  2. This added clue could put you to sleep before you get to the good bit.

  3. The “good bit” could refer to the countries listed in one of the final paragraphs at the bottom of the terms and conditions link given above as reading through the whole page could send you to sleep right? The countries are Cuba, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Iran, Syria. I’m probably way off mind you haha

  4. Got any better ideas? ;)

  5. Haha actually I do! The cartoon clue in the link on #146 was the lighthouse of Alexandria and the solution of one of the puzzles was called Saint Catherine named after Saint Catherine of Alexandria and I don’t think it is a coincidence!

  6. Like the oarfish/herring connection, St. Catherine is another coincidence. Believe me.

  7. …or not. :)

  8. I love Googleearthing - I have for 3 years now. However, I wish to be compensated for the time I put into finding locations. Is there a business model upon which I can be compensated at commercial consulting rates for the time taken to find locations? I do not wish to continue providing this service to the googleearthing community free of charge.

  9. Tim, you’ll have to get in line. ;) I would be a millionaire by now if I could charge out my time spent here.

  10. Maybe it has something to do with St.Augustine (the city in Florida is mentioned in the Terms of Use). He was an Algerian philosopher and theologian.

  11. Maybe not.

  12. Been looking all over Lybia, Iraq, Syria and Iran. Nothing.
    Either I overlooked it, or I got the clue completely wrong….

  13. Look harder. The pattern on the ground can be seen from 35,000 feet. In metric, that’s…. a lot!

  14. Looked very brifly over those countries and nothing, might take a closer look now, but I’m still unsure how the galapagos puzzle that was solved has any religious connections.

  15. Here’s another wild (and probably absurd) guess of me; maybe it has something to do with the 10 commandements (10 of 9; terms of use) Another clue was already close to Mt. Sinai (the hill where the Ten Commandements were given)
    But yeah as I said it it’s just a wild guess, I have hundreds of theories about the clues haha

  16. aah here it is

    Aramgah-e-HAfez, Iran

  17. Oops, looks like I got the name wrong, the city name is ‘Shiraz’

  18. Very nice find! Well done.
    This is so much smaller than I expected, never would have found it.

  19. Congrats, good find xiempie.

    While we’re sharing theories, I think its pilgrimages (although there are more holes in my theory than a swiss cheese….)

    School holidays coming soon. I’ll get some of these (I hope)!!!

  20. Oh so I wasn’t way off after all haha, nice find, I thought it was way bigger than that, never would have found it myself.

  21. I’ve been offline for several days.

    Yup, this is Shiraz. Now, can you determine why it was added? You’ve all been hovering around the right idea, but getting lost in details that are interesting though not relevant.

    The inclusion of the Galapagos would be tricky if you don’t expand your thinking a bit — traditional assumptions could cloud the picture.


    For the record: there is nothing cryptic in this response — not hidden clues. I’ve had a rough couple of weeks, so my playfulness is at a low ebb. I’m encouraged that the hunting continues, and another hit has been made. Keep it up, folks!!

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