Where on (Google) Earth #23?

Well, I decided to observe a day of radio silence yesterday, but now that that’s taken care of we’re back to the races with Where on (Google) Earth #23:

Where on (Google) Earth #23

I suspect this will be an easy one for some of you since this shot presents nothing like the geological/geographical subterfuge of WoGE #22, so just to make things a little more interesting (and educational) I’d like to suggest that you hold your answers until you’ve got a geological explanation to go along with the location – also, it is generally good form to explain the reasoning that guided your search for the location. There are at least two distinctive geological features that deserve explanation in this image. This one shouldn’t be too tough – the more detail in your explanations the better! As always with my WoGE posts, bonus points for citing an article in the geological literature that describes the geology portrayed in the image.

Happy Hunting!

Where on (Google) Earth #21?

Holy mackerel! Brian goes on vacation and the Where on (Google) Earth? series makes the jump to light speed. We’re gonna double (triple?) his number of WoGE posts before he gets back if we keep up this pace. Yikes!

I don’t know if this one will slow things down, but having “dune” away with Yami’s WoGE #20 I suppose it’s up to me to try to stump you all again with #21. Given how fast Dr. Lemming dispatched with my last “stumper” I’m not overly optimistic about slowing this train down.

So with no further ado, here’s Where on (Google) Earth #21:

Where on (Google) Earth #21

No more mister nice guy oblique images to help you out this time, Dr. Lemming. :-(

There are however, bonus points available for explaining how the missing vegetation is related to the geology of the region. Super bonus points for illustrating your answer with photos/figures. (By the way, the super bonus points on WoGE #16 are still unclaimed!)

Finally, at Brian’s suggestion I’m working on a Google Earth network link that compiles the results of all previous (and future) WoGE posts. You’ll find it here: http://ron.outcrop.org/kml/WoGE.kmz (Under Construction – currently just a folder, not a network link – reload for updates).

Where on (Google) Earth #16?

I’ve greatly enjoyed Brian‘s Where on (Google) Earth? series of posts and I’m glad he’s agreed to serialize it. Since I just dispatched Chuck’s mysterious meanders, I figure it’s my turn to try to stump the assembled geoblogosphere.

So, in the traditional manner here’s Where on (Google) Earth #16:

Where on (Google) Earth #16

And because it’s Google Earth and not Google Maps we’re working with, I’ll throw in an oblique view for free:

Where on (Google) Earth #16

But wait! That’s not all you get. For bonus points please identify the landforms present and their geologic origin. Super bonus points for citing a publication in the geological literature that describes the origin of the landforms at this location. (And if you’re one of the authors of that paper, kindly let everyone else have a fair chance before your pride overflows.)