Q: In every “Survivor” episode, it appears the team going to tribal council leaves their camp in the daylight, only to arrive at tribal council after dark. My question is: exactly how far is it from a camp to the tribal council location? Is it a far distance, as we are lead to believe, or is this just creative editing to give the illusion of a great distance? —Terry
A: In Palau, not at all: there really is a great distance between the tribe’s camp and tribal council.
The best resource for answering these kinds of questions is Dan Bollinger’s Survivor Maps
. His site has interactive maps of all 10 “Survivor” locations, showing both the topography of the area and specific show-related locations. Click on locations to see detailed, close-up maps; in Palau, for example, you can see where Ulong’s beach was, and the trail contestants took to fetch water from their well.
In Palau, tribal council is located on the same island as some challenges, but it’s quite far from both tribes’ camps. There are also three other islands used for challenges. That’s very different from season one, when a single island — Pulau Tiga in the South China Sea — was home to both tribal camps, tribal council, and the production crew’s base camp. Had cast members wandered off, they might have found themselves at Jeff Probst’s tent or in the other tribe’s camp.
Interestingly, the world map from which you can access the season-specific maps also reveals that all 10 locations have stayed close to the equator — and, with the exception of “Survivor Africa” — stayed in the same general geographic areas.
Over the years, Survivor Maps has also accurately predicted the location of the next season. Right now, it suggests that the eleventh season of Survivor will be held in the Andes
, although no specific locations have been confirmed. We’ll probably know for sure on Sunday, when “Survivor Palau” concludes. —A.D.http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7632851/