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  1. I think it is Addis Adaba or something strange like that


    Addis Ababa. I spent 3 months there in 1995. Nice people, good food, all around nice place. I can't take the next question as I'll be in Crowsnest Pass for the next few days.

  2. The more I think about this, the more confused I am about it.




    2: To EarthCache Listing Owners - Are any of you aware of GEOCACHERS that received that email?


    Gotta be honest... part of me wonders if someone was testing the waters to see what the reaction would be from our Waymarking community.


    :lol: The Blue Quasar


    My earthcache (Mazama Ash - Edmonton) is listed on Waymarking.com, and I haven't heard anything excepted for the discussion on the forum.

  3. tres drole :lol::PB)

    faire des jokes politique c'est pas fort :P

    mais puisque vous avez commencez :D

    si vous aviez utilisé les deux langues officielles du canada

    peut-etre que le québec n'aurais pas été exclue dès le départ B)

    sans rancune :(:(:( have fun :DB):)

    Double-Translation is the worst!


    Here's what your French text reads like when translated back to English (using goggle translation):

    The hiding-place of Edmonton was found today, but was not noted. dropped from some Geocoins and TB. Yes my friend, one means it very to laugh. It is also completely a Canadian thing to make the recreation of your neighbors in the east. More is you go more, funniest. ; ^) I put back my case with this explanation which naps it to the top of better. To appreciate! “The Rant - Actresses”

    Don't worry about me.. I can take a joke! But I guess there is some truth about that going-east thing! :D

    All j'ai to dire is nous are rendue crazy ici. In autre words, tous ce que I veux say is, we are fou here :D Je love la diversity de our merveilleux nation!!!

  4. It is obvious that people LIKE earthcaches, but they don’t want go out of their way to find them on (the still confusing) Waymarking.com.


    There was no reason given, and I admit I'm very curious too.


    I don't equate this move with anything negative regarding Waymarking.


    I also don't agree with those that want to divide geocaching and Waymarking by container/no container. I think it's an artificial boundary that sounds tidy but otherwise carries no real significance.


    Exactly, I would love to do some of these earthcaches and have done some of the grandfathered ones. I love seeing them added to my icon count. I do not like switching between sights. I am a geocahcher. Lets keep it all at geocaching. Neat and Tidy. Who cares if the log book I sign at the find I brought with me. LOL.

    I spend to much time planning on one web site to worry about the Waymarking site. Come on guys its a hobby. I would love to have more options.


    I would visit more earthcaches and virtuals if they were on geocaching. Visits are the point are they not.


    Totally. To me, container vs. no container is a non-issue. Geocaching is a hobby that has evolved beyond that limitation. The post above also further confirms that people like earthcaches, but don't want to deal with the hassle of Waymarking.

  5. ... Most I would equate to collecting baseball cards (Got em, Got em, Need em). ...

    I don't care much for collectibility, I want to show people geologically-interesting sites.


    The fact that EarthCaches seem to be getting different treatment from other categories is the issue.

    I understand peoples concern container vs. no container, but earthcaches ARE different than most other Waymarking categories because they have well-defined criteria and are held to a higher approval standard by the GSA (unlike many other wishy-washy categories of Waymarking). Also, many earthcaches are in places where a physical container is not allowed, like in national parks, where geological-wonders are abundant (although Parks Canada and geocaching groups around Canada are working towards a comprise), whereas many other waymarks are in places where a geocache can be placed.


    So far, no one has illustrated why EarthCaches should return to Geocaching. Exposure is not a valid reason.

    I disagree, exposure IS a valid reason. The fact is is that earthcaches listed on geocaching.com get FAR more visitors than those on Waymarking.com (though I won't speculate on reasons why earthcaches on Waymarking.com have failed to attract the same attention in this post), and if that's what it takes to attract visitors, then I'm all for it. It is very discouraging to spend the time developing a quality earthcache for Waymarking and have very few (if any) visitors, and yet watch all the ECs on gc.com enjoy immense popularity. It is obvious that people LIKE earthcaches, but they don’t want go out of their way to find them on (the still confusing) Waymarking.com.


    We could cover our Waymarks with bikini models to achieve more exposure too, that isn't the right approach either.

    I would whole-heartedly support this movement. Let me know what I can do to help, but I'm going to need some models. :laughing:


    Why can't the numbers and statistics all come together in some fashion? (This too.)

    It would be especially nice if the geocaching and Waymarking numbers and statistics all came together in our profile.


    In the end, this might be the best solution for everyone. I don't see why Groundspeak can't develop one all-encompassing site for geocaching AND Waymarking. I can see it now, a tab for waymarks between geocaches and trackables on My Profile page on geocaching.com. The bottom line is that I want earthcaches to be exposed to as many people as possible. If more people visited my earthcache, I would definitely develop more of them.

  6. Post Your Favourite Caches Name and Waypoint


    As a student geologist, I really like earthcaches. Blast gc.com for moving them to Waymarking, because there have been far fewer published earthcaches ever since (don't get me started on that topic). My favorite cache is a little known, out-of-the-way, undeveloped hot spring, near White Swan Provincial Park in the Kootenay Region of BC. I was shown the place while attending a geology field trip, and found out shortly afterwards that this was the site of an earthcache. I highly recommend visiting this one and taking a good soak in the pools. The most relaxed I've ever been while geocaching.


    Lussier Hot Springs Earthcache (GCQV3F) by South Surrey Scavengers


  7. What year was the Northwest Passage first successfully traversed by sea? Closest or correct answer wins as of 10pm September 12 :laughing:


    I assume that is 10pm EDT? As for the question, I have no idea...I'll guess 1956, but maybe a spy submarine did it first :huh: ?

  8. Way To Go TRHW...The international orienteering symbol... Your Question please :(




    I'll stick with a similar subject, since orienteering season just started again around here.


    What terrain is represented by the color white on orienteering maps?


    glacier ice?

  9. ...if you would like to participate in Canadian Benchmarks, you need to do it at waymaking.com which is hosted by the same people as geocaching.com but a separate site.


    ...unless you cache in Alberta and hunt down OftH's brass cap series

  10. Woo Hoo! Thanks TOMTEC!


    While hiking for a couple of mountain caches in the Chilliwack river area last week, we were blessed with some outstanding views of the local mountains and features of the Fraser valley.

    We saw tarns, roche moutonnee, and lots of till. Tell me what these three things are and you go next :lol: .


    Evidence of a glacier

    Yes... but please define the three individual features.


    I could, but considering I'm leading a helicopter-supported geology field trip into the Cariboo Mountains starting tomorrow, where we won't have internet access (or any nearby caches to find for that matter), I'll leave it to someone else :lol: . BTW, we'll see lots of the second and third features there. I haven't seen the first feature around where we'll be.

  11. Woo Hoo! Thanks TOMTEC!


    While hiking for a couple of mountain caches in the Chilliwack river area last week, we were blessed with some outstanding views of the local mountains and features of the Fraser valley.

    We saw tarns, roche moutonnee, and lots of till. Tell me what these three things are and you go next :lol: .


    Evidence of a glacier

  12. TOMTEC is right.


    For a GEO satellite, the on-orbit life is simply a matter of how much fuel is left in the tanks for stationkeeping once the bird reaches it final orbit position. It is then a question of watching the "fuel gauge" for the next 15 years and de-orbiting the satellite (or parking it in a different plane) just before the tank runs dry. (Remember, for commercial satellites, they are up there to make money, so the longer the better.)


    The launch vehicle first throws the satellite into an elliptical orbit around the equator (called the Transfer Orbit), and then the ground controllers take over and fire the satellite's on-board kick motors to "circularize" the orbit. This "orbit insertion" process can take some time, and if the launch and insertion has all gone well, you will have 15 good years of service..... if all goes well!


    The fuel used is called Hydrazine, rhymes with magazine. :)


    I see that someone beat me to the punch...and my answer was incorrect

  13. Staying with satellites.....


    Once launched, regardless of orbit dynamics, satellites must be managed and operated from the ground. All kinds of monitoring and telemtery goes on, and just about every parameter you can think of is measured and recorded. (You would expect this to be the case, when you have a $100M asset zipping around up there.)


    Satellites are designed for a given on-orbit life, typically measured in years. The Anik F2 bird mentioned above has a predicted on-orbit life of 15 years.


    Q: what is the limiting factor to a satellite's on-orbit life?


    electrical circuit breakdown due to the bombardment of cosmic rays

  14. I don't like the changes they made to the profiles by adding the ***'s and changing around the order.


    'My Profile' page has been reorganized and has reverted to the version before my latest update. I know this because I passed the 300 finds mark this weekend and added that to the milestone list, but it seems to have gone missing. Has this happened to anyone else? Does anyone know if it will return with my latest updates soon or if I should make the updates again? And what IS with the ***?

  15. :laughing: NAD 83 is not centered at Meade's Ranch, Kansas. It is centered on an approximation of the center of the earth. I think it is based on GRS80 spheroid. NAD 27 is tangent to the earth at Meade's Ranch Kansas & is based on Clarke's 1866 ellipsoid. (And I didn't look that up on Google - I took surveying :rolleyes: )


    -Donna G


    hmmm...I stand corrected. I guess I should review my notes from my GIS courses. The next question is yours.

  16. I have applied twice for the bronze level pin, but I have yet to hear a response from the GSA. I can't imagine that the GSA is so swamped with earthcache masters applications that they do not have time to reply my application. ... I am one earthcache away from being at the silver level, but it's a long way to the next earthcache outside of Alberta or BC (Ontario or Idaho are the nearest).


    I take the first part back, I recieved my bronze pin in the mail today! It looks great, thanks GSA! I think I'll wear it to Edmonton's next event. Now, just one more EC outside of Alberta and BC and I'll get a silver pin.

  17. Is that the one centred somewhere near Alexandria Bay NY ?

    The spheroid is spherical? <- guess :laughing:


    Right country, wrong place, and the spheroid has a name and a year associated to it. The spheroid approximates the shape of the earth and smoothes out irregularites (highs and lows).

  18. "red" shift? I didn't think it was used in this regard though..


    not red shift, the other one. Red shift occurs in signals moving out of the Earth's ________ field.

    'blue' shift and 'magnetic' field?


    Blue shift is correct. Besides electromagnetism, what is the other force that can act on objects larger than the atomic scale?




    You got it. The energy of an EM wave increases when entering a gravitational field (blue-shift) or decreases when leaving a gravitational field (red-shift), as described in Enstein's theory of general relativity.

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