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Where Am I Quiz: Thursday 18th February 2021

With his new found super power to travel across time and space, Ancient Aaron has decided to take us around the world. Can you guess what place is he visiting?

#1. I am standing about three miles west of the town of Amesbury, Wiltshire, England, admiring a megalithic structure that has puzzled scholars for millennia. What am I looking at?

Stonehenge is believed to have been built over a period of more than 1,400 years. Surrounded by controversy almost since construction, the true purpose of this awe inspiring site has still to be fully understood.

#2. I am standing on a remote Siberian hillside, looking at the remains of a devastating explosion that occurred in the early part of the twentieth century. Where am I?

The Tunguska event was a massive explosion that occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in Yeniseysk Governorate (now Krasnoyarsk Krai), Russia, on the morning of 30 June 1908. The explosion over the sparsely populated Eastern Siberian Taiga flattened an estimated 80 million trees over an area of 2,150 km2 of forest, and eyewitness reports suggest that at least three people may have died in the event. The explosion is generally attributed to the air burst of a stony meteoroid about 100 metres (330 feet) in size. It is classified as an impact event, even though no impact crater has been found; the object is thought to have disintegrated at an altitude of 5 to 10 kilometres rather than to have hit the surface of the Earth.

#3. I am climbing a steep Andean mountainside, leaving behind the turbulence of the Urubamba River. My intention is to visit a sacred Incan city, five square miles of architectural splendor the likes of which are found nowhere else on the planet. Which city am I visiting?

Machu Pichu is a truly awesome sight. Perched at an elevation of more than 9,000 feet, a completely self-contained city whose architecture produces more questions than it answers. El Dorado is the fabled ‘city of gold’ much sought after since the time of the conquistadores, Tegucigalpa is the capital city of Honduras and Nazca is another site of ancient wonder in Peru.

#4. I am a merchant of the late Minoan civilization, I have left my home of Crete to set up shop on this island in the center of the Aegean Sea. My life is ended suddenly by a catastrophic event that is quite possibly going to give rise to the myth of Atlantis. Where am I?

At around 1450 BC the volcano that made up the island of Strongyle erupted with such fury that it shattered the island into three smaller isles. Thera, Therasia and Apronisi are now collectively called Santorini. The sinking of Strongyle is believed to have been the origin of the legend of Atlantis.

 

#5. I am standing in the middle of a wild life refuge, around me are wood storks, reptiles that have been around since the dinosaurs and salt marsh mosquitoes. In the background, a large metal bird lifts off on its long journey of discovery, while its dead ancestors lie in wait for the frequent visitors who come and wonder at a bygone age. Where am I?

A short distance from the Kennedy Space Center, is the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which provides a haven for local fauna, in stark contrast to the technological wonderland just moments away. French Guiana is where the European Space Agency launches from, Airplane graveyard is fictional and La Citee D’Europe is the French terminal of the channel tunnel.

#6. I am standing in a great cathedral, which is the burial site of Carolus Magnus, King of the Franks, anxiously anticipating the next public exhibition of his relics, which occurs every seven years. Where am I?

Charlemagne, the first sovereign of the Christian Empire of the West, was buried in the cathedral at Aachen, which had become his permanent home. He was the son of Pepin the Short and Bertrada, a daughter of Charibert, Count of Laon. Charlemagne died in 814 AD at Aachen, in what is now Germany.

#7. I live on a remote Pacific island, which isn't on any international air routes. My ancestors managed to outwit the greatest minds of their time and escape from the clutches of the world's greatest empire. They settled here in 1790. Where am I?

Pitcairn is the least populous national jurisdiction in the world. The Pitcairn Islanders are a biracial ethnic group descended mostly from nine Bounty mutineers and a handful of Tahitian captives – as is still apparent from the surnames of many of the islanders. This famous mutiny and its aftermath have been the subject of many books and films. As of January 2020, there were 43 permanent inhabitants.

#8. I am standing on top of one of the world's most famous rocks, a true Herculean Pillar, two countries have bickered over control of this small peninsula for many years. There is a theory that, in the remote past, this was the site of a gigantic waterfall, the like of which has not been seen on Earth again.

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. It has an area of 6.7 km2 and is bordered to the north by Spain. The landscape is dominated by the Rock of Gibraltar at the foot of which is a densely populated town area, home to over 32,000 people, primarily Gibraltarians. It is believed that water poured over the Straits of Gibraltar, creating the Mediterranean Sea. This event would have been in the remote past, and it would have taken place over millennia, creating the world’s greatest waterfall.

#9. I am standing on top of one of the oldest and biggest man made structures on the planet which is at least 6,352 km (3,948 miles) long. What is it?

Construction of the great wall started in the 7th century BC, with various small states in Northern China building wall. The walls were adjoined during the Qin Dynasty and extended upon during the Ming Dynasty, the renovation and extension, which resulted in the wall we see today, lasted over two thousand years.

#10. I am diving into the deepest point of the planet, over 36,000 feet in depth and I pass many exotic life forms on the way down. This of course is a theoretical journey, as no human could survive the immense pressures that exist at this depth. Where am I?

The Mariana Trench or Marianas Trench is located in the western Pacific Ocean about 200 kilometres east of the Mariana Islands; it is the deepest oceanic trench on Earth. It is crescent-shaped and measures about 2,550 km in length and 69 km in width. The maximum known depth is 10,984 metres (36,037 ft) at the southern end of a small slot-shaped valley in its floor known as the Challenger Deep. However, some unrepeated measurements place the deepest portion at 11,034 metres (36,201 ft). If Mount Everest were placed into the trench at this point, its peak would still be under water by more than two kilometres.

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