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NOTE: All maps-like photos are oriented so that their top edges face North.
Aerial Photo/Subway/Rail Maps Matching
Identify these United States cityscapes. Transit maps are overlaid to assist.
Chicago, IL / CTA (Chicago Transit Authority)
Boston, MA / MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority)
Cleveland, OH/ RTA/GCRTA (Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority)
Washington, DC / WMATA (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority)
Atlanta, GA / MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority)
Dallas, TX / DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit)
San Francisco, CA / Muni (San Fransicso Municipal Railway)
San Diego, CA / MTS/SDTS (Metropolitan Transit System/San Deigo Trolly Service)
San Francisco/Bay Area / BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)
Identify the monument name - sometimes there will be hints or followup questions - these photos come from all over the world. Quotes are included for colour and distraction and are probably not related to the subject identities at hand, except in a Freudian way.
The Key Master: Towers, Columns and Obelisks
"During the rectification of the Vuldrini, the traveler came as a large and moving Torg! Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the McKetrick supplicants, they chose a new form for him: that of a giant Slor! Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!" -- Louis Tully/The Keymaster, GhostBusters, 1984.
Washington Monument, Washington, DC
In memory of someone who lost an arm and an eye for his country.
Nelson's Column (Trafalgar Square), London, UK
- What event does the monument above also commemorate? In what year did the event happen?
The Battle of Trafalgar, 1805
Erected around 100 AD, this column was erected and dedicated during its emperor's lifetime.
Trajan's Column (near the Roman Forum), Rome, Italy
This obelisk wears a cap of bronze and gold that is only a few years old. Its twin sits in front of the Luxor Temple.
Egyptian Obelisk to Pharoah Ramses II (Place de la Concorde), Paris, France
In central park, this obelisk's twin resides in London, near the Thames.
Cleopatra's Needle [for Tuthmosis III] (Central Park), New York, NY
- Despite its name, this obelisk was erected in honor of a different monarch. Which one?
Pharoah Tuthmosis III
Oddly enough, the battle happened on the hill next door. This is where the Americans retreated and regrouped.
Bunker Hill Monument (Bunker Hill), Boston/Charelstown, MA
- Which hill next door hosted the battle in question?
Breed's Hill, Boston/Charlestown, MA
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
- What kinds of images of this structure are now copyrighted?
Pictures of it lit up at night are now copyrighted. Such pictures must have permission to be published. SNTE, the company that maintains the tower, copyrighted the pattern of lights in 2003
The Gatekeeper: Arches and Gates
"Take me now, subcreature." - Dana Barret/The Gatekeeper, GhostBusters, 1984
Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France
Constructed of steel and concrete, and skinned with 1/4" stainless steel, it weighs about 42,000 tons and took almost 3 years to build.
Gateway Arch, St. Louis, MO
Hopkins Gate, Williams College
This gate is an optical illusion.
Darwin Gate, Shrewsbury, UK
Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain, UK
This larger gate (upside-down U-shape) is bracketed on the bottom by the Left Palace Gate and the Right Palace Gate.
Meridian Gate, Forbidden City, Beijing, China
Boundaries: Bridges and Walls
"Ain't much of a difference between a bridge and a wall..." - from Hedwig and the Angry Inch soundtrack, Track: "Tear Me Down"
It has always been painted orange vermillion.
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, to Marin County, California
This one can be seen from space.
Hoover Dam, Nevada to Arizona
This can also be seen from space.
Great Wall of China, China
There are nine of these subjects in total on this wall, in a forbidden place.
Nine-Dragon Wall, Forbidden City, Beijing, China
Vietnam Veterans' War Memorial, Washington, DC
At the visitors' center at a famous Cape, this wall memorializes Icaruses of our time.
Astronaut Memorial, Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida
"NOBODY steps on a church in my town!" -- Dr. Peter Venkman, Ghostbusters, 1984
This castle dominates the city in which it sits, has been mostly destroyed twice, once by fire, once by invasion. In the 15th century, it was one of the greatest palaces in Europe.
Budapest Castle, Budapest, Hungary
This sits near Red Square.
St. Basil's Basilica, Moscow, Russia
This place denied access to one queen during a 19th century coronation.
The Collegiate Church of St Peter, Westminster (aka Westminster Abbey), UK
The Pentagon, Arlington County, Virginia
Tunnels and Pits
"Well, the thing about a black hole - its main distinguishing feature - is it's black. And the thing about space, your basic space color... is black. So how are you supposed to see them?" -- Holly, Computer with IQ of 60, Red Dwarf TV Series.
It was the first one in Yosemite. Road access to it was closed in the late 1980's.
The Dead Giant in Tuolumne Grove in Yosemite National Park
La Brea Tar Pits and Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, CA
The deepest lake in the U.S.
Crater Lake, Oregon
A "relcaimed" superfund site, this strip mine used to yield copper, and now contains an aquifer instead. It's in Arizona. Name the town it sits near.
Casa Grande (aka Casagrande), AZ
This area has no fewer than four combinations of bridges and tunnels (marked in red) not unlike the one pictured below.
Name at least three cities that immediately surround these wondrous objects.
Virginia Beach, VA, Hampton, VA, Newport News, VA, Norfolk, VA, Portsmouth, VA, Chesapeake, VA
The red line traces the approximate path of this, the world's longest railway tunnel. What is the tunnel's name and length, what two cities does it connect, and what is the body of water it stretches under?
Seikan Undersea Tunnel, connecting Honshu and Hokkaido across the Tsugaru Strait, is 54 km in length