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Google Earth virtual treasure hunt with a €50,000 prize
Virtual explorers are invited to solve the clues and find the mystery location.

A “FEROCIOUSLY COMPLICATED” treasure hunt using Google Earth will see one lucky winner claim a €50,000 prize.

The Telegraph reports on the launch of The Great Global Treasure Hunt on Google Earth at the London Book Fair. The 32 page book will provide readers with a series of clues, ranging from drawings and puzzles to satellite imagery and scenery. The clues will ultimately lead to a place somewhere in the world.

Anyone who solves the clues and submits the correct answer between 1 September 2011 and the end of March 2012 will be entered into a draw for the €50,000 prize.

Tim Dedopulos is the book’s author and he told The Telegraph:

Most images have 10 – 12 separate clues. That might lead you to a certain pattern of roads or the way a piece of parkland looks on Google Earth and then to a main clue.

The book’s publisher Carlton Books describes the challenge as “ferociously complicated”. It’s being compared to the 1979 book Masquerade, which sparked a massive treasure hunt for a golden hare in the UK.

Read Matt Warman’s report in The Telegraph>