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Google LatLong: Where in the world is...


Google have announced the latest image update for Google Earth (possibly their only announcement today that wasn't an April Fool) As is their custom they have released a number of clues as to the areas updated.

Here is a kml of the answers so far.

1) The fans of 'Sweet Lou' get to see his three cities updated.

Chicago, IL and Seattle, WA

2) This town has the longest railway station name in the UK.

Everyone in the UK knows this one, even if they can't pronounce it:

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

3) Sir Rutherford Alcock was the first foreigner to climb this mountain in 1860:

This is the archetypal mountain:

Mount Fuji

4) This major U.S. city was granted "town" status on February 2, 1856.

Dallas, Texas was awarded 'city' status on this date.

5) A major tourist destination and UNESCO World Heritage Site, this city is also home to one of the richest silver mines in the world.

Potosí, Bolivia Guanajuato, Mexico

6) Founded in 1514, this town was the departure point for the Francisco Hernandez de Cordova (1517) and Cortez (1518) expeditions.

Santiago de Cuba Trinidad, Cuba

7) With over 100 buildings, including a bowling alley, this site is home to the largest community on its continent:

Antarctica somewhere - I'd guess McMurdo

8) With tales of great treasure, a German geologist led an expedition up the face of this very large mountain in 1883.

Cerro Aconcagua

9) On the verge of being devoured by the Sahara, this town, which was once a center of learning, is a Moorish architectural jewel.

Morocco Chinguetti, Mauritania

10) Now visible in Google Earth, this enormous dam will not be fully functional until 2011:

Could be the Vaitarna Dam near Bombay Of course it is the Three Gorges Dam in China.

The Google Earth blog has identified a few other area which have had image updates as well
  • London, Ontario
  • Dayton, OH
  • Seattle, WA
  • Vancouver and Vancouver Island
  • Preston County, WV
  • Parts of Estonia
  • Parts of Moldova
  • Bordeaux, France
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
  • New South Wales and Western Australia
  • Southwest Pennsylvania
Where a town / city has been mentioned I have added it to the kml.

Google LatLong: Where in the world is...