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Treasure Hunting Goes High Tech


In the Midwestern state of Wisconsin there's a new game in town. It's called Geocaching. The object of this game is to find an object - and perhaps replace it with another. This report is narrated by Crystal Park.

People around the world are taking part in an ongoing high tech scavenger hunt. It's a new thing called Geocaching. There are Internet sites that list the latitude and longitude coordinates of where things are stashed.

People with Global Positioning Satellite, or GPS, units use that information to try to hunt down what they're looking for.

GPS units are accurate to about 4.5 to 9 meters, so sometimes the objects are small, according to John Carvin, a member of the Wisconsin Geocaching Association. He says, "There's traditional caches, which is a box, which is similar to what you found. There's micro caches which are pretty interesting to find, hard to find because they're small like a 35mm film canister"

Rhonda Veroeven says she found one the size of an aspirin.

Rhonda is vice president of the Geocaching Association. "Your first one is always memorable but the more challenging ones tends to be ones we have fondest memories of. There's something about finding something hidden, that's pretty exciting."

Geocaching seems to be catching on. In the Madison, Wisconsin area, for example, there are more than 400 hidden caches.

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