I think Felix’s location in WoGE #410 was even easier than he thought it might be, taking me not even five minutes to find the location on the Shipwreck Coast along Australia’s southern coast in Victoria. A popular tourist attraction, Port Campbell National Park is home to numerous limestone formations with whimsical names such as The Twelve Apostles, The London Arch, Loch Ard Gorge, the Gibson Steps, and The Grotto. Perhaps as a message, regarding the Twelve Apostles, one formation sometimes called “Judas” fell down some years ago, and London Arch used to be known as London Bridge until the main part collapsed, stranding a few visitors on the now isolated rock.
I have to admit I think I found it so easily because I once took the time to closely ‘tour’ the Australian Bight coastline in Google Earth. When I saw the image it just screamed “Australia!!!”, a continent which offers many diverse geographies and geologies exposed in all their glory.
Before I move on to my selection for WoGE #411, I’d like to suggest to those participants that host blogs for this game to please consider opening up posting to name/url or anonymous posters. The past few games I would not have been able to post if I had known the locations because I do not have any of the listed ID’s in the drop down menu.
Now for Where on Google Earth number 411!!!
Interestingly, I got the idea for this location while browsing through a decades old issue of National Geographic which included an even closer view of the foreground. I decided to go with a highly oblique view so I could focus on an interesting land form in the near field, yet include part of the greater general area of which it is but a part. I’m hoping this makes it a bit harder to find. But then, someone may recognize it immediately like has happened on occasion.
For newcomers, the goal is to be the first to state the location of this image and tell us something about the geography and/or geology. Felix also has a page which explains the details and rules of the game quite well. No Schott rule in effect.
Ole had a great location for WoGE #399. It took me several hours of concentrated searching wherein I found many places on many continents with similar landforms. For a while I was really stuck in Africa because one place looked very similar, but not quite green enough. But that was only half the challenge for me. Ole also wanted to know what was special about the water in this location as well. I was concerned I might not figure it out due to Google taking away the Wikipedia layer from its map engine (and greatly reduced on Google Earth). Being just an amateur those links helped me a lot to learn about far off lands. I had to work around that and just research the general area until I found what I thought was the significance. Turned out I was right.
As a tangent, my high school physics teacher taught me that we do not always need to know everything. We just need to know how to do the research and to know enough to recognize the right answer when we see it. He would put the formula on the black board, but also several wrong ones as well. That served me well in this case.
Now on to my chosen location for WoGE #400.
In an attempt challenge everyone this is an oblique rather than straight down view. Hopefully this will slow you down a little. Some of you are too good!
However, besides the location and geological identification, I’d like to know who this place is named after.
And, as an added bonus, when you do find the location, please go to the Wikipedia page for this geologic feature and see if you can tell me what’s wrong with the first picture shown in the article (top right of page). It’s not a requirement to win, but I noticed this error when I was reading the article and it gave me a small laugh.
No Schott Rule.
For those new to the game, please go here to find the complete rules of how to play Where on Google Earth.
posted 0300 UTC September 2nd, 2013 (11pm eastern time USA, Sept 1st)
Although I found the location for WoGE# 393 quite easily (about 30 minutes of searching) and was able to surmise the general geology of the area, I did miss the specific detail that Rob (aka wxwolf) was looking for. Turns out the area was the location about 9500-8000 years ago of the now dry Sveafallen waterfalls that might have rivaled Niagra Falls. Rob gives an excellent description of the the area with links to more information.
Even so, he was gracious to declare me the winner.
First, a quick note – I haven’t played WoGE in a while and I see there are some new players. After deciding to rejoin the fun I find I’ve actually been able to solve several recent WoGE’s but was unable to post my solutions because many of the blogs do not allow some form of anonymous posting. I’d like to suggest those hosting WoGE blogs check their settings and look for settings that will allow more people to play Where on Google Earth. I may not be the only one who does not have any of the ID options usually listed. (I do understand the pain in the arse that spam is)
Many thanks to Felix for forwarding a note to Rob so I could post on his blog.
Now, on to my selected location for Where on Google Earth #394!!!
After checking the list I’m actually a little surprised that after all these years this location has not been chosen before. I’m sure it will be a challenge so I am not invoking the Schott rule. It is zoomed in pretty close, and there are many locations where similar geomorphology exists. Although, there is always the lucky guess or someone who recognizes it on first glance.
I hope this keeps everyone busy for a while. Scouring the Earth is half the fun!!!
Of course, the goal is to find the location and be the first to post lat/lon coordinates (or other uniquely locating description). This being a geology driven game we also need to know what is going on here geologically. The winner has the privilege of the Where on Google Earth. If you are new to this game, Felix has an excellent page detailing the Rules of WoGE.
posted 03:15 UT Aug 11, 2013
There has been a little activity in the Yorba Linda, CA area over the past 24 hours, starting with an M4.5 at 11:23pm local. Another M45 occurred just 10 hours later in the same location, which had M3.7 aftershock not 20 minutes after.
I took some time to put together some quake history into Google Maps.
Small light blue dots are background seismicity. (SCSN catalog 1932-present)
Dark blue dots are the July 29, 2008 M5.4 Chino Hills quake and aftershocks.
Red dots are the September 3, 2002 M4.8 Yorba Linda quake and aftershocks.
The green dot is an October 4, 1961 M4.4 quake.
Orange dots are the current quakes.
Yorba Linda Quake History