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Ole had a beautiful location for WoGE 423, an extensive karst region in China which highlighted China’s “grand canyon”, the Enshi Grand Canyon. I had immediately suspected China as I recalled seeing similar landforms in previous WoGE searching. However, it took a concerted effort using a gridded search pattern before I found it. I almost missed it as the specific location was outside of my initial search area, but something drew me to go a little further along and voila!! There it was. However, I had trouble identifying the specific feature that Ole was looking for.

It appears to be quite the tourist attraction. Once I knew the name of the place it was easy to find pictures and videos. Looks like a place I’d like to visit. It’s beautiful. It appears to have been part of the inspiration for certain landforms on Pandora it the movie Avatar.

For this next WoGE, I’ve selected a location I’ve had bookmarked for some time. I know nothing about it, so whoever finds it will be helping to educate me about what we may be seeing in this location.

I call it, “Orange”, although it’s also reminiscent of an ice cream we have in The States called a creamcicle.

As always, the goal is to be the first to post the lat/lon and give a description of the geology. Felix has an excellent page on The Rules of WoGE. He also has a KML file of all previous WoGE locations. Thank you Felix for keeping that up to date.

I do not invoke the Schott rule for this one. Good luck!!


WoGE #424

Where on Google Earth #424

Cristoph had what at first appeared to be  difficult location for WoGE #414. Being a deep zoom on a small town beside a river, my first thought was this would take a while. So, I left it alone as I was busy with other things and thought I’d let someone else have a crack at it.

A couple days later I thought I’d take a quick look at it and quickly realized it was northern hemisphere, and looked very North American, in fact, very United States. So I started browsing river banks. But every time I went back to the image a little bell kept ringing in the back of my mind. Somehow this looked TOO familiar. So I started studying the land forms a bit more – the farms, the canal… wait… where have I seen that canal? AH HA!!! The town of New Madrid, Missouri, on the banks of the Mississippi River, which was the epicenter of the last of four major shocks that should the American midwest in later 1811 to early 1812.

Seismology is one of my main hobbies and years before I had browsed this very town in Google Earth, being so famous and all.

Something I did not mention in my answer before is that this area is also historical for the Battle of Island Number Ten during the America Civil War. The battle marked a Union victory over a Confederate fort on the river which gave the Union Army free run of the river nearly to Memphis. The battle occurred at the same time as the more famous Battle of Shiloh so is not as well known. It is probably best known for the tactic used by the Union steam boats which powered their way past the fort thus controlling the battle with the fort’s stationary position and therefore not having to slug it out with the riverside fortress, thus initiating a new tactic for dealing with forts. This tactic was also used by David Farragut in the capture of New Orleans three weeks later. Farragut later became the United State’s first admiral.

On to Where on Google Earth number 415!!!

I hemmed and hawed for a while on this one. It seems such an obvious choice for a geology driven game such as WoGE. But reviewing the history of the game, it’s never been chosen. Perhaps it’s TOO obvious? Let that be a possible hint. I hope I chose the view wisely so as to conceal the true nature of what we are seeing.

As always, the goal here is to name the location and describe the geology. The winner gets to host the next WoGE. See complete rules here, hosted by Felix on his blog. I do not invoke the Schott rule.

Good luck!!




AltasV launches NROL-39/USA-247

An Atlas V launched from Vandenberg AFB on the late evening of December 5th, 2013, propelling a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office.

This picture is a composite of five frames taken from the Santa Ana Mountains in eastern Orange County, approximately 180 miles ESE of the launch site.


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.

Good luck!