Aaah, those wonderful warm, treeless deserts, where so little gets between the satellite sensor and the beautifully exposed geology! I know the appeal of selecting a satellite image with beautiful structures exposed at the surface, but the danger of choosing such a location is that they’re all too easy to find. I was a little quicker than my competitors in looking up the geologic background, if not necessarily in locating Péter Luffi’s beautiful WoGE #340. Alas, I fear my colleagues will recall why the Schott Rule was so commonly applied. But for me this Schott Rule-free run has been invigorating, and I hope the rest of you will consider continuing it.
One of the keys to a longer lasting Schott Rule-free competition is selecting localities that are obscure or well enough disguised to not be immediately locatable, yet not so obscure that they cause the hunters to gnash their teeth and desire to claw out their eyeballs from fruitless searching for hours and days on end. It is particularly challenging to choose a spot that meets these requirements and yet maintains an element of geologic distinctiveness. I think I was able to do that with WoGE #338 at Cape Royds, Antarctica. Only time will tell if I’ve duplicated the feat with WoGE #341 below.
Locating the image below in Google Earth is your first task. Once you’ve done so, you must next determine the geological significance of the locality. The first person to successfully identify both location (latitude and longitude, please) and geological significance in the comments of this blog post will earn the honor of hosting WoGE #342 on their own geoblog.
No Schott Rule. Dig in!