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Satellite Images Quiz #1

Guess what is pictured in these satellite images.
All images from the Landsat satellite
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First submittedApril 18, 2011
Last updatedMarch 26, 2018
Times taken70,916
Rating4.65
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metro area
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mountain range
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level 77
Nov 7, 2013
Very easy. Though some of these could have multiple right answers it's usually obvious what you're going for. Only one that's a bit iffy I'd say is Michigan.. the picture is more centered on Lake Michigan than the state of Michigan, and there's almost as much of Wisconsin in frame.
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level 63
Nov 7, 2013
Pretty sure they did that so the entirety of the Upper Peninsula was included in the picture.
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level 61
Nov 7, 2013
You can't forget about the "Yoopers".
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level ∞
Jun 15, 2017
Yoopers get very upset when their peninsula is omitted on maps of Michigan!
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level 72
Feb 1, 2019
You could just give it the Alaska treatment, a scaled down image in the corner.
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level 33
Apr 8, 2016
Iffy in what way? Only part of Wisconsin is on the far left of the view, while the entire state of Michigan is showing and is centered, just like the answer to every other square in the quiz.
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level 65
Feb 1, 2019
Surely if the clue would have said "lake", you would have still typed Michigan
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level 33
Nov 20, 2013
I can never seem to spell San Francisco right... I just assumed that I was wrong and moved on to the next :( (I copy/pasted San Francisco for this post).
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level 77
Dec 15, 2013
Can you spell Francis?
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level 77
Apr 8, 2016
Pretty sure that San Francisco isn't named after your lady friend.
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level 76
Apr 8, 2016
Agree, most likely it was named before. :)
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level 71
Apr 9, 2016
But was she a saint?
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level 77
Feb 1, 2019
The comment we were responding to seems to have gone away.
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level 39
Feb 1, 2019
I did the same thing
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level 13
Mar 1, 2014
Boy I seriously tanked on that one!!
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level 66
Jun 1, 2014
All the hard specific ones are in the USA! How is the international audience possibly going to get those?
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level 48
Jun 2, 2014
"All"? There are three answers in the USA (Michigan, Washington, and San Francisco). Baja California is part of Mexico; the Black Sea and the Red Sea are just northwest and southwest (respectively) of the Middle East; Tibet/Himalayas is a region in Asia. Maybe you are also referring to the Gulf of Mexico, which borders the US? But it also borders Mexico and various Caribbean nations. (All the ones I didn't mention are sovereign countries, by the way.)
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level 61
Dec 6, 2018
but the black and red sea werent hard. Neither is himalayas hard to guess, only so many (famous) mountainranges it could be. (and maybe they meant the americas and not just usa, or assumed the california one was part of the usa, not a weird assumption given the name (I know.. baja is in front of it, but well, if you dont know the place you wouldnt have known that either ;) )
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level 76
Aug 3, 2017
Michigan should be easy because of its distinctive shapes - the lower peninsula looks like a mitten and the U.P. (land of the yoopers) looks like the back end of a dog jumping into Wisconsin. (See the tail, bottom, and hind leg?)
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level 62
Aug 3, 2017
I'm from New Zealand and I got them all! So pleased, so fun. The hardest one was the metro area, but I got it with a minute to go!
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level 39
Aug 4, 2017
Agreed. I did get both of the states right but I still think it's weird to include such specific images.
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level 53
Jul 26, 2014
Cool quiz!
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level 72
Aug 26, 2014
Didn't take Baja California though I typed it in multiple times.... :-(
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level 58
Sep 6, 2015
It accepts it as soon as you type Baja. Were you typing Baha by any chance...?
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level 55
Apr 16, 2015
I just had a big duh moment. I recognized exactly where the Red Sea was, but didn't know what it was called. As soon I saw the name, I realized duh, what sea is between Egypt and Israel that the Israelites would have passed through? Knew my Bible stories and geography, but couldn't put them together, apparently.
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level 72
Aug 28, 2015
Far too easy. I got 100% with over 2 mins to spare. You really should knock off at least a minute.
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level 52
Oct 26, 2018
why? just because you're a hot shot, give the rest of us foreigners a chance
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level 56
Feb 1, 2019
For you it might have been easy, but that doesn't mean it's easy for everyone. This quiz isn't all about you, you know.
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level 50
Apr 8, 2016
Wow…I didn't get San Francisco.
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level 18
Apr 8, 2016
Please add California for Baja California I knew what it was but did not add the baja
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level 26
Feb 1, 2019
Baja California and California are two different places.
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level 65
Apr 9, 2016
Technically, the image of Italy is also an image of Vatican City and San Marino, so they should be accepted as the correct answers as well ;)
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level 60
Apr 9, 2016
And Monaco.
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level 35
Apr 10, 2016
Yes, but Vatican City and San Marino are central to the image, whereas Monaco is right on the edge, like Jamaica in the image of Cuba
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level 23
Aug 3, 2017
FreddyM, Jamaica isn't isn't in the image of Cuba ;)
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level 67
Mar 29, 2019
and Malta
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level 67
Feb 16, 2017
If anyone was dumb enough to put Vatican when it asked for the country......... they deserve to get it wrong..... I suppose for the Australian question you went for East Timor ..... Gordon Bennet!
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level ∞
Mar 26, 2018
Maybe I should write some code to auto-delete any comment that starts with the word "technically" :)
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level 63
Oct 26, 2018
As well as "This might be pedantic, but..." and probably any comments made from my IP address to be on the safe side
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level 72
Feb 1, 2019
^^ A humble pedant.
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level 14
Apr 10, 2016
aaaaaaa
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level 14
Apr 11, 2016
That was a great idea for a quiz! Keep it up
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level 42
Apr 18, 2016
I wouldn't have expect American calling this peninsula "Baja California", well I learn something. I was trying all the things but I'd search for long, "lower", "south", "low", "under" x)
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level 52
Dec 23, 2016
Please make a part 2!
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level 48
Jan 27, 2017
Love this quiz. Go Tibet!
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level 14
Jul 21, 2017
Can you make it more clear that it is Michigan not Wisconsin?
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level 61
Aug 3, 2017
Only one of those two states is complete in the frame already.
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level 51
Aug 3, 2017
Easy, it took me 1 min and 35 seconds only though about 50 seconds got wasted to scroll the screen - Disadvantage of playing in a mobile phone.
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level 44
Aug 4, 2017
Forgot San Francisco ;(
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level 45
Jan 4, 2018
16/17.... missed san francisco and I have to say, surprised only 41% got it
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level 18
Apr 16, 2018
I was kinda surprised too.
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level 23
Oct 26, 2018
Bay area also works.
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level 61
Dec 6, 2018
Missed all the american ones... And the last two because somehow I thought I already reached the end ( was distracted by a demanding kitty here) probably would ve gotten himalayas, (if it wasnt alps or andes it would ve been my 3rd answer I guess, or maybe after pyrenees however you write it in english first)
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level 57
Feb 1, 2019
Should really remove the "baja" type-in for Baja California It really makes no sense (specially for Spanish speakers), since it just means "lower". To me it's just like having South as a type-in for South Dakota.
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level 56
Feb 1, 2019
Got all of them with 2:40 remaining first try :D
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level 38
Feb 1, 2019
hahaha i didnt know that one peninsula in california, but i thougt one of the pictures is "Bahamas" so i typed in Baha and slided with my finger from "h" to "j" so it went baja and i guessed it lol
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level 76
Feb 1, 2019
Baja California is a peninsula in Mexico, not part of the US state of California.
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level 43
Feb 1, 2019
10/10 with 3:00 remaining.
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level 32
Feb 4, 2019
Why are we expected to know administrative subregions of the USA but no other country? Cornwall? Brittany? Chelyabinsk Oblast? Even Sicily or Crete or Hokkaido or Zanzibar? But no, it's only ever the USA that's considered important enough. So egotistic.
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level 57
Feb 4, 2019
To state the manifestly obvious, no one here "expects" you know know anything. There are also quite a number of quizzes in which Crete, Sicily, Zanzibar, and other islands/areas are answers.
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level 22
Mar 7, 2019
I got all except for San Francisco. I never knew what san Francisco looked like.
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level 39
Mar 17, 2019
Pompey, often times the U.S. is kind of “praised” and given special attention in this quiz because a good portion of the population (You may think 4% of the global population is small, but unless you’re in China and India, you can’t say anything), and although I don’t know the statistics, the chances are the quantity of Americans in here (I will say, including me) outnumber those living in other countries. This is because 1) not to brag, but we are generally more technologically advanced than other countries (that’s just the way it is), therefore knocking out those who don’t have access to the internet, and 2) often times the American Population don’t want to do quizzes that aren’t based off of the U.S. Based on the very minor experience I have in Quizmaking, the quizzes I’ve made (and often deleted) that was U.S. focused had way more takes (like 3x more, from like 5 to 15...) than the ones which are relative to other countries.
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level 39
Mar 17, 2019
We’re often lazy (no offense to those successful and/or busy ones) and don’t feel like learning about places like Kanos, the Pitcairn Islands, Belmopan, The Seine, etc. I guess by this comment we are often egotistical because we want to feel smart by knowing only about our country (no offense to those Geography Geniuses out there), and when we create quizzes that’s not seldom the main topic. Plus, it may be good for you to learn about us for those interested or in the Geo Bee like myself. Adding onto TheQuizzler’s post, you aren’t “expected” to know anything. In your comment, you’re practically saying that we think you should have to know about our country yet not know about anything about other countries. Thankful that Quizmaster didn’t add that deletion of the “technically” comments, technically (here we go), it says that we’re expecting you to know ONLY about our country and our country alone. Just a point of view of mine, so correct me if I’m incorrect.