On May 3, 2000, the first geocache was placed in a wooded area near Beavercreek, Oregon. Geocaching is a type of global treasure hunt in which people look for hidden stashes of objects—geocaches. Geocaching may also be described as a series of hide-and-seek games, where hiders provide online clues for seekers. Seekers use GPS receivers or mobile devices to find hidden geocaches.The first geocache was a black plastic bucket containing software, videos, books, and a slingshot. Today, most geocaches contain inexpensive tokens (such as souvenir stickers or buttons) and a logbook, recording the date and time geocachers find or contribute to the cache.Geocaching has evolved from a small hobby to huge, well-organized treasure hunts for people of every age and ability. There are Earthcaches, which encourage trackers to learn about the physical environment; virtual geocaching, which is a series of coordinates without a physical cache; and “cache in, trash out” events, which are organized to clean up the environment.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry coordinates Noun
a set of numbers giving the precise location of a point, often its latitude and longitude.
conditions that surround and influence an organism or community.
to develop new characteristics based on adaptation and natural selection.
container used in a treasure-hunting game of hidden objects (geocaches), usually found using a GPS device.
GPS receiver Noun
device that gets radio signals from satellites in orbit above Earth in order to calculate a precise location.
electronic programs of code that tell computers what to do.
material, usually similar to a coin, that may be exchanged for specific goods or services.