Ron Schott‘s attempt to get revenge at us wily newcomers with a little keelhauling didn’t go as well as planned, I don’t think. I was able to surmise the undersea location fairly quickly as being in the Juan de Fuca Ridge off the coast of Washington and Oregon, USA. It just happened that being a “Left Coaster” I took an interest in the undersea topography off the west coast of North America in Google Earth and knew this to be one of the few areas to have enough resolution for such a tight zoom. Although I missed the specific detail that the focal object is a volcanic caldera on the Axial Seamount, I knew just enough of the geologic significance of the area to pass muster with Captain Ron. <whew! I live to swab the decks another day!>
My selection for WoGE 284 I know is going to be a tough one. It’s a deep zoom, although not quite down to that single sand dune we keep hearing threats about. Also, it’s an oblique image. For these reasons, no ‘Schott Rule’. Oh, I forgot to leave the compass in the image, but north is approximately to the left. I have several clues prepared, so don’t be afraid to speak up if after a several days this one starts making you want to throw me overboard.
Because the area and angle lends itself well to the idea, I also created a cross-eye stereogram of the view for your enjoyment. No glasses required, just cross your eyes until the two images merge. You may have to sit back from your monitor in case your eyes don’t want to cooperate.
For those unfamiliar with Where on Google Earth, the goal is simply (ha-ha) to find this place in Google Earth, report back the latitude and longitude and describe the geologic significance of the location. Felix Bossert has an excellent page detailing the rules on his blog, as well as hosting a pretty up-to-date KML file of previous locations.
Posting time is 0200 UTC May 2nd, 2011.