I greatly enjoyed finding Péter’s lherzolite locality in the French Pyrenees, though it took me a week searching Switzerland before I read his clue carefully and considered the possibility that such gorgeous alpine geology was not hidden in some nook in the Gruyère.
I especially enjoyed the geological aspect of Péter’s challenge – so much so that it has inspired (indirectly) the locality I’ve chosen here. As always, the object of Where on (Google) Earth is to identify the locality of the image below (latitude and longitude will generally suffice), but also to explain the geological significance of the site. Quite often that is simply a matter of interpreting the landforms that can be readily identified in the GE image. However, the landforms seen here are merely the key that will help you unlock the deeper geological significance of the site. I would ask that you refrain from identifying the locality until such time as you are prepared to map out a sufficiently detailed geological explanation. This may be frustrating if you find the locality quickly (a distinct possibility, in this case), but I hope that you’ll find the challenge of unearthing the geological significance of the region a worthwhile quest in its own right.
I think WoGE #198 will be relatively easy to locate, so I’m choosing to invoke the Schott Rule – wait an hour for each WoGE win before answering, please. Post time: 3/13/2010, 23:37 Central Standard Time (USA) – 3/14/2010, 4:37 GMT.