Where on (Google) Earth #83?

It was great to see Yami win WoGE#81 after a long hiatus. I ended up making fairly quick work of her old school map view of recent erosion through Pinatubo’s ashflows, but for some odd reason her blog didn’t seem to be registering my comment. But now that Lab Lemming has added his observations things seem to be back to normal and the comments are registering. At any rate, it was nice to take a few extra days off before posting this one.

I’ve got an interesting geologic feature lined up for this challenge, so I’m hoping to get a good explanation of the processes involved in forming the feature. I was tempted to zoom in even tighter, but I’m already down pretty close to the ground and I don’t want to make this too much of a needle in a haystack.

Despite Yami’s preferences for the good ol’ map view I’m going oblique again, to give a hint of the topography:

Where on (Google) Earth #83

It looks like a lot of the old school WoGE champs are eager to get another win as the “Where on (Google) Earth?” series approaches its first birthday (January 18th). Nonetheless, I’ll dispense with the Schott Rule again, mainly because I’m zoomed in so tight. I suspect if it isn’t solved within the first 24 hours it’s gonna require a hint or two.

For the newbies: Identify the location of the feature (latitude and longitude will do) and describe the geology as best you can. We’re pulling for you!

Happy hunting and Happy New Year!!!

Zoom Zoom Zoom!!!

Embedded below are two of my recent Gigapans of the Cretaceous Niobrara Formation chalk beds in western Kansas. Click on “Help” to learn how to navigate and zoom in on these images. In both of these Gigapan images there are a couple of “easter eggs” for you to find – specifically two little rock gnomes. When you find them I need your help in naming them. Let me know if you find anything else interesting.


Normal Fault in Fort Hays member, south of Stockton, Kansas
Launch Full Screen Viewer | View in Google Earth 4.2

The Gigapan above was a relative “close-up” and the one below is taken from a greater distance. Still, it’s amazing the level of detail one can see when fully zoomed in.


Smoky Hill member chalk, Castle Rock Badlands, south of Quinter, Kansas
Launch Full Screen Viewer | View in Google Earth 4.2

Come the end of this week I’m planning to take off to the southwest (New Mexico, Arizona, southern Utah) for a week of Gigapan photography before the spring semester starts up again. If you’ve got suggestions for field localities for my Gigapan images I’ll entertain suggestions. And if anyone wants to join me, I could certainly use a field assistant!

Happy New Year and happy gnome hunting!