SOLUTION to Challenge 4: A Google Earth Treasure Hunt

 

Solving GOOGLE EARTH TREASURE HUNT turned out to be a group effort, and thus, I’ll split the points between several people. Euchre Mutt was the first to answer #2 correctly, in an e-mail he sent to me on September 7. On September 18, I posted this riddle on Puzzling.Stackexchange. There, three people made short work of it, answering all four clues within a day and a half. Humn correctly answered #1 and #2.  Gareth McCaughan got #3 and Irishpanda got #4. I’m awarding Humn 2 points and the rest 1 point each. Congratulations to all the winners!

I’ll reveal the secrets below, but if you haven’t tried your hand at solving it, read this first.

The solution is after the jump.

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  1. Here, a babirusa lies in wait, as it has done for the last 40,000 years. It is the oldest of its kind in the world (that we know of as of this writing).

    Leang Timpuseng Cave in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. World’s oldest cave paintings.
    -5.00° (S), 119.69° (E)

  2. In this wondrous museum that isn’t in England, Germany, or the United States, you can hear violins, drums, flutes, pipes, whistles, bells, chimes, pianos, xylophones, and even full orchestras. You can see the instruments being played, but you won’t find people doing the playing.

    Museum Speelklok in Utrecht, Netherlands, a museum of automatically playing instruments. Check out Wintergaten’s wonderful YouTube series on Speelklok instruments.
    52.09° (N), 5.12° (E)

  3. General Sherman may be the largest of his kind, but who has the farthest reach? (Outward, not upward.)

    Thimmamma Marrimanu, a banyan tree in Andhra Pradesh, India with the largest canopy of any single tree in the world.
    14.03° (N), 78.32° (E)

  4. This (sort of) cave trail is home to the fairies, located within a tourist attraction in the United States that is advertised for hundreds of miles as the place you simply must SEE.

    Fairyland Caverns, Rock City. While technically in Rock City, GA, people associate the granddaddy of all roadside attractions, Rock City, with Chattanooga, Tennessee. The iconic “SEE ROCK CITY” billboards painted on barns across the south might be the most famous series of billboards ever.  (And genius marketing.) In the clue, I say that the trail is “sort of” in a cave, because Fairlyland Caverns is actually between two large rocks, pressed so close together that they appear to make an underground trail.
    34.97° (N), -85.35° (W)

 

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