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EC and surface mines - incorrect level for head in the ground?

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Hi.

I found some time ago a large number of earthcaches below sea level with award to the head in the ground award. One day (around march 2018) something was changed. All awards for EC's found in mines disapeared.

I found https://project-gc.com/Home/FAQ#4179902386 and it could be a key to understand.

But I found one thing strange. We tried to made a cache in a surface coal mine (-100 metres below a sea level) as a mystery cache. On first day after publication all was ok, but on next day it showed average level of a county - difference is about 300 metres in height. Is not a square 90x90 m.

Is it possible to make a cache for this award right now? BTW I know mystery caches located on the sea map with finals on the land with atributes "below sea level". Is not fair I think.
asked Jul 3, 2018 in Support and help by hiuppo (220 points)

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From the link you provided I read:

"If the coordinates are not covered by the SRTM data we will temporarily fallback to using OpenStreetMap's OpenElevation API. We have found the data in this API to be extremely unreliable, therefore we will only use it as temporary data. Immediately after adding the data from the OpenElevation API we will add a new elevation job into our queues. This time it's flagged to use the Google elevation API.

The Google elevation API has API limits that we have to respect, therefore there might be another few minutes of delay before we actually fetch this data. We are trying to bulk multiple locations together to help us with the rate limits. Meanwhile we are relying on the temporary OpenElevation data added before."

This sounds like the reason for the problem you mention: "On first day after publication all was ok, but on next day it showed average level of a county - difference is about 300 metres in height."

Besides this, I think the explanation in the link is quite clear. I think your question is more about how exactly the SRTM data is acquired.

answered Sep 3, 2018 by Pihoqahiak (2,510 points)
selected Sep 25, 2018 by hiuppo
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