Florian (aka effjot) had a great looking location in WoGE 274. I was torn as to what type of terrain it represented. At first I thought glacier, but it seemed too dark. Then I thought volcanic lava flow, but what about the banding? It turned out to be a little of both. The Brúarjökull Glacier in Iceland is an example of a glacier which periodically undergoes an activity known as a glacial surge, where the speed of flow can increase up to 100 times normal. It is one of the outflow glaciers of the Vatnajökull Glacier, which has several volcanos underneath. I have to admit to having a bit of luck in being able to solve it within about 10 minutes time. There were many locations I planned to look and luck had me find the location on my second search area.

For those who are new to this game, the goal is relatively simple – scour the planet in Google Earth looking for the exact location of the provided image. The first person to provide the location (latitude and longitude) and a description of the significant geology is the winner. The prize? The honor of hosting the next WoGE competition.

For this image, which is zoomed in to about 1km and where North has been rotated and hidden, I do not invoke the Schott rule. Felix has an excellent detail of the game and rules (including the Schott rule) on his blog. Also useful is a KML file of all previous WoGE locations.

With that said, I give you Where on Google Earth number 275! Good luck and have fun.

Posting time 2100 GMT, March 14, 2011.

Where on Google Earth #275

WoGE #275

One final comment, this is a new blog and it’s possible I haven’t set everything up right. If anyone has any problems, comments, suggestions, feel free to post them. If that fails you can email me at skywise@skywise711.com.