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Washington from Space: A Quiz (2012)

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Geography & Geology, Quiz

There’s no place like home.  There’s no place like any place, really.  Shorelines, roads, forested land, and human development make each place unique.  This week we’re offering a list of satellite images* of specific places in Washington State.  Can you guess the location of each one?  We’ll add one image to our list each day this week.

  • Leave your guesses in the comments below — and in the spirit of the game, please post your guesses without verifying them first!
  • Be sure to include the day of the week given for each image.
  • Come back each day for the next image.
  • Be sure to return Saturday for all the answers!

*All images shown are from Google Maps.

MONDAY.  We’ll start out with what we think is an easy location to guess.

TUESDAY. Today’s image is less obvious than yesterday’s, but clues are visible.

WEDNESDAY.  Zero in on this circle.  Where in the state of Washington is it?

THURSDAY. Yes, that’s water, but what’s the structure among the trees?

FRIDAY. We’ll finish the week with another (possibly easy) location to guess. Answers to all 5 images tomorrow.

SATURDAY. Answers!  Thanks for playing this week.  We’ll have to do this again.

  • Monday: Mt St Helens. Spirit Lake is the dark fox-shape near the center.
  • Tuesday: The US-Canada border crossing at Blaine. The Peace Arch is center-left, with US-bound traffic lined up on Interstate 5.
  • Wednesday: The campground/parking lot adjacent to the Gorge Amphitheater near Quincy. Those are cars and tents within the concentric circles.  The amphitheater itself is not visible in this image.
  • Thursday: Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ Lake Washington home in Medina.
  • Friday: Downtown Olympia. Capital Lake is the large oval water feature with the Capitol campus (Capitol, Legislative offices, Supreme Court, and Governor’s Mansion) on its shore below. (Look for the capitol dome’s shadow.)  An earlier state capitol building is visible next to a green square halfway between the lake and the image’s right edge.



15 Responses to “Washington from Space: A Quiz (2012)”

  1. Kari Says:

    Mount Saint Helens?

  2. becca Says:

    thats my guess!

  3. Joan Says:

    Me too. Mt St Helen although part of me wants to say Dry Falls

  4. Clare Says:

    Mt St Helens is my guess

  5. Alexa Says:

    The border crossing at Blaine, Peace Arch.

  6. Clare Says:

    quiz 2: border crossing… I didn’t realize how close to the water it is!

  7. Joan Says:

    Sharp eyes there. I wouldn’t have thought of that. But there’s that old Arch with the give-away shadow.

  8. Joan Says:

    I’m going to guess that new development in Roslyn.

  9. Eric Says:

    Base housing at the Yakima military range?

  10. Mark Says:


  11. monstermash Says:

    Thursday- That’s the Lake Quinalt Lodge!

  12. Joan Says:

    I’ll take a wild guess. Bill Gates home on Lake Washington

  13. Alexa Says:

    Friday – Olympia – the Capital grounds

  14. Joan Says:

    Day 5 29th. How about the Tidal basin at the State Capitol in Olympia.

  15. Kari Says:

    These were fun (and challenging), Steve! I’ve stayed at the campground by the Gorge Amphitheater and never would’ve guessed it looked like this from the air. How cool!