Where on (Google) Earth #350?

Things have slowed down in the world of WoGE. Two of the last three have taken over 10 days to solve. Maybe it’s just because everyone is out enjoying fieldwork during the northern hemisphere summer. (When was our last southern hemisphere-based winner, anyhow?) Anyhow, I finally located WoGE newcomer Koen’s nested Mojave plutons in Joshua Tree National Monument after spending far too much time in the eastern Mojave Desert near the Colorado River and then prematurely giving up on the Mojave to scour the rest of the planet. I’m surprised an American WoGE locality went undiscovered for so long – a sure sign that my fellow American geobloggers are losing their competitive edge to the cadre of Europeans who have dominated recently.

I’m going to mix things up a bit with an oblique anaglyph view of the WoGE #350 locality – break out the red-blue glasses. [At Felix’s request: here’s the 2D (non-anaglyph) left eye view for those who don’t have red-blue glasses.] It’s a challengingly small area, but there’s some fairly distinctive topography to balance that disadvantage. I expect this one to be hard to find, so I won’t invoke the Schott Rule (no waiting necessary). Your challenge is to identify the locality (generally specified by latitude and longitude) of the geologic feature seen below and provide as much geological explanation for the significance or origin of the feature as your can dig up. First to do so in the comments below will earn the right to post WoGE #351 on their own geoblog. If there isn’t any substantive progress within a week or so I’ll add hints.

Where on (Google) Earth #350 (anaglyph).

For those who want the 3D effect without the anaglyph glasses, here’s my first stab at making an animated GIF:

Where on (Google) Earth #350 (animated GIF).

[Update 6/30/12: Here’s the promised hint; another oblique view, covering a wider area. Would it be easier to find if Mother Nature drew a bullseye around it?]

Where on (Google) Earth #350 (hint2).

[Update 7/2/12: All weekend and no nibbles. Hmmm… Perhaps a change of perspective will offer a useful clue. Remember that WoGE #350 is the highest prominence on the horizon.]

Where on (Google) Earth #350 (hint2).

[Update 7/6/12: The hill/mountain that is the focus of WoGE #350 has WiFi.]

Move along, pilgrim.

101 American Geo-Sites Geomeme

Callan kicked it off and Silver Fox made it an official Geomeme. The list comes from Albert Dickas’ 101 American Geo-Sites You’ve Gotta See.

[Update – New geomeme entries from: Accidental Remediation, Maitri’s VatulBlog, Hudson Valley Geologist, earthscienceguy, Anne at Highly Allochthonous, Outside the Interzone, En Tequila Es Verdad, Adventures in Geology, Georneys, Life in Plane Light, Adventures in the World of Geology, Ann’s Musings on Geology & Other Things…, paleoseismicity.org

Now you can view the 101 American Geo-Sites in Google Earth, too.]

I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled thru 48/50 US states thus far in my life, though of course I didn’t have this list in mind. I’ve got 39 of these spots for sure (bolded), but with a few geological substitutions I could have a much higher percentage. For good measure I’ve thrown in a few GigaPans I shot at these sites.

1. Wetumpka Crater, Alabama Kilauea Iki Crater
2. Exit Glacier, Alaska
3. Antelope Canyon, Arizona
4. Meteor Crater, Arizona
5. Monument Valley, ArizonaGigaPan
6. Prairie Creek Pipe, Arkansas
7. Wallace Creek, CaliforniaGigaPan
8. Racetrack Playa, CaliforniaGigaPan
9. Devils Postpile, California
10. Rancho La Brea, California
11. El Capitan, CaliforniaQTVR
12. Boulder Flatirons, Colorado
13. Interstate 70 Roadcut, ColoradoGigaPan (North)GigaPan (South)
14. Florissant Fossil Beds, Colorado
15. Dinosaur Trackway, Connecticut
16. Wilmington Blue Rocks, Delaware
17. Devil’s Millhopper, Florida
18. Stone Mountain, Georgia
19. Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii
20. Borah Peak, Idaho
21. Menan Buttes, Idaho
22. Great Rift, Idaho
23. Valmeyer Anticline, Illinois
24. Hanging Rock Klint, Indiana
25. Fort Dodge Gypsum, Iowa
26. Monument Rocks, KansasGigaPan
27. Ohio Black Shale, Kentucky
28. Mammoth Cave, Kentucky
29. Four Corners Roadcut, Kentucky
30. Avery Island, Louisiana
31. Schoodic Point, Maine Dikes, Schoodic Point, Maine
32. Calvert Cliffs, Maryland
33. Purgatory Chasm, Massachusetts
34. Nonesuch Potholes, Michigan
35. Quincy Mine, Michigan
36. Grand River Ledges, Michigan
37. Sioux Quartzite, Minnesota
38. Thomson Dikes, MinnesotaGigaPan
39. Soudan Mine, MinnesotaGigaPan
40. Petrified Forest, Mississippi
41. Elephant Rocks, Missouri
42. Grassy Mountain Nonconformity, Missouri
43. Chief Mountain, Montana
44. Madison Slide, MontanaGigaPan
45. Butte Pluton, Montana
46. Quad Creek Quartzite, Montana
47. Ashfall Fossil Beds, Nebraska
48. Scotts Bluff, Nebraska
49. Crow Creek Marlstone, Nebraska
50. Sand Mountain, Nevada
51. Great Unconformity, Nevada
52. Flume Gorge, New Hampshire
53. Palisades Sill, New JerseyGigaPan
54. White Sands, New MexicoGigaPan
55. Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
56. Shiprock Peak, New MexicoGigaPan
57. State Line Outcrop, New Mexico
58. American Falls, New York
59. Taconic Unconformity, New YorkGigaPan
60. Gilboa Forest, New York
61. Pilot Mountain, North Carolina
62. South Killdeer Mountain, North Dakota
63. Hueston Woods, Ohio
64. Big Rock, Ohio
65. Kelleys Island, Ohio
66. Interstate 35 Roadcut, Oklahoma
67. Mount Mazama, OregonGigaPan
68. Lava River Cave, Oregon
69. Drake’s Folly, Pennsylvania
70. Hickory Run, Pennsylvania
71. Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania
72. Beavertail Point, Rhode Island
73. Crowburg Basin, South Carolina
74. Mount Rushmore, South DakotaGigaPan
75. Mammoth Site, South DakotaGigaPan
76. Pinnacles Overlook, South Dakota
77. Reelfoot Scarp, Tennessee
78. Enchanted Rock, Texas
79. Capitan Reef, TexasGigaPan
80. Paluxy River Tracks, Texas
81. Upheaval Dome, Utah
82. Checkerboard Mesa, Utah
83. San Juan Goosenecks, UtahGigaPan
84. Salina Canyon Unconformity, Utah
85. Bingham Stock, Utah
86. Whipstock Hill, Vermont
87. Great Falls, Virginia
88. Natural Bridge, Virginia
89. Millbrig Ashfall, Virginia
90. Catoctin Greenstone, Virginia
91. Mount St. Helens, WashingtonGigaPan
92. Dry Falls, WashingtonGigaPan
93. Seneca Rocks, West Virginia
94. Roche-A-Cri Mound, Wisconsin
95. Van Hise Rock, Wisconsin
96. Amnicon Falls, Wisconsin
97. Green River, WyomingGigaPan
98. Devils Tower, WyomingGigaPan
99. Fossil Butte, Wyoming
100. Steamboat Geyser, Wyoming
101. Specimen Ridge, Wyoming