It didn’t take me too long to find Cole Kingsbury‘s WoGE #260 on Alaska’s Seward Peninsula, but it turns out my thermokarst explanation of the geology was all wet. The lakes were, in fact, formed by two marvelous maars – though there was no real hint of that in the Google Earth imagery or layer data.
In order to dry off I’m choosing a location in a slightly warmer part of the world. And because everyone is too good at finding ye olde map view – as evidenced by the veritable Nantucket sleighride of WoGEs over the past three months – I’m going to try to mix things up a bit by offering an oblique view with some tasty geology. I don’t expect to bring things to a grinding halt with this scene, but I will attempt to slow down the regulars by invoking the Schott Rule. (Post time: 1/30/10, 21:25 USA CST – 1/31/10, 03:25 GMT).
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to identify the location (preferably by latitude and longitude) of the scene above. Then, to the best of your ability, describe the geologic significance of the scene. And let me tell you, there’s plenty of great geology to see here. (Somebody would absolutely make my day by breaking out Photoshop and annotating geologic units and relationships of the scene – after you’ve posted your ID of the location, of course). And winners take note: Don’t forget to post the URL of each new WoGE in the comments of the previous one as soon as its posted – some of you have been slacking recently.
If this view proves too challenging I’ll provide a map view in a few days. The clock is ticking…