In an old Friday linkfest I plugged GeoGuessr, which uses Google Street View images to simulate the experience of being dropped in a random location somewhere on Earth. Your challenge is to figure out where you are solely by driving around looking for visual clues. You get points based on how close your guess is. It’s dangerously good fun. If you’ve never tried it, don’t click the link if you’re planning to have a productive day. 🙂 And it helps to be a good field ecologist or botanist, because most of the world’s roads are in quite remote places where your only clues are the appearance of the landscape and the local vegetation.
I just discovered GeoSettr, which lets you create your own GeoGuessr challenges by choosing the locations into which players are dropped. Which inspired the first…
Dynamic Ecology GeoGuessr Challenge!
I’ve chosen five locations in GeoGuessr. But not just any locations. All of them are locations of famous field sites in ecology! (well, as close as I could get; field ecologists don’t usually work right by the side of the road) To take the challenge and see if you can figure out where they are, click this link. In the comments, tell us your score. Highest score wins, though if it’s very close I’ll probably ask you to name the field sites as a tiebreaker (so leave a valid email address if you want me to be able to do that) I’ll buy the winner a drink at the ESA meeting.
Deadline for entries is one week from now. Good luck and have fun!
p.s. No cheating! You’re only allowed to use the information provided by GeoGuessr, plus your own knowledge. No googling words you see on road signs or anything like that.