Saturday, November 17, 2012

WOGE 364

A look at the information that Max provides on his blog gave me the hint I needed to narrow down my search for his WOGE 363.  I found that the amazing Majlis al Jinn cave was concealed beneath the inconspicuous holes near the center of his image.

It seems fair to let others use the same approach...  Of course, the information on this blog is all related to locations I've used on WOGE before, so it might be helpful to know that my very first WOGE entry is posted here. WOGE #364 is the fifth in a series.
This is meant to be simple, so only the coordinates and a basic explanation of the geologic process are required to win.  The Schott Rule is in effect. If you don't know what that means, read these rules posted by Felix Bossert.  You may also find it useful to download his kmz file of past WOGE locations. Posting time below is UTC.

If you have been following the game, but don't have the time to search large areas, this is your chance!  With a few minutes and a little creative thinking you should be able to solve this one.  Once you get close enough, everything will become clear.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

WOGE 352 Revised Again!

Thanks to several hints from Felix I was finally able to solve WOGE 351. The Dendi Caldera in Ethiopia seems like it would be an interesting place to visit.  I had already wasted a modest amount of time searching areas around the Mediterranean before I caught on to the second picture.  A Google image search for "round thatched huts" turned up a number of pictures from Ethiopia mixed with those from various tropical islands.  Once I began searching the right county it took just a few minutes to locate the lake in the image.  Maybe this will help me recover from the embarrassment of not recognizing Ron's WOGE 350 even though I had found the location when it was Peter's WOGE 304.

Now its time for WOGE 352.  Once you locate this area it should be relatively easy to find some good information about the geology.  As always, be the first person to post a comment with the coordinates of the location and some explanation of the processes or features that make it geologically interesting and you will  win the privilege of hosting the next challenge.  See Felix Bossert's blog for complete rules and hints. Since the game has been a little slow lately, the Schott rule is not in effect, and I will post a first hint in just a few days if necessary.  Have fun!
Here is the first hint.
Still looking?  Maybe a close-up view will help.
See the little thatched huts?  But it's not quite the same as in Felix's last edition.

Here is another hint:  According to the Global Volcanism Program the closest Holocene volcano is almost 2000 km from this location.

Maybe it will help if I double the view again.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

WOGE 345 - Revised

After a few rather difficult (for me) challenges, I was relieved to see that WOGE 344 was something I could find easily.  Felix chose to show us the Vistula Spit, a beautiful stretch of shoreline near the southern end of the Baltic Sea.  The most important clue for me was the vegetation: it appeared to be a temperate forest rather than a tropical one, so the number of coastlines I needed to check was greatly reduced.

I had a great location in mind for my next WOGE win, but I have decided to put it on hold.  Instead, I will offer anyone who was busy searching for gracefully curved beaches the chance to continue doing so. As always, be the first person to post a comment with the coordinates of the image and a basic description of the geology, and you win the privilege of hosting the next WOGE. (See complete rules and search hints here.) Since Felix did not mention the Schott rule last time, I will not invoke it here either.  Have fun searching!
I welcome any feedback my fellow WOGE players would like to give on whether this almost identical search is a good idea or not.  If this edition is not solved in a few days I will give a slightly adjusted view so that the game can move on quickly to something else.

It has been a few days, so here is a larger view.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

WOGE 339

I had to go way, way south to find WOGE 338 at Cape Royds in Antarctica. This was a bit confusing at first because the shadows would normally suggest a northern hemisphere location, but the snow has clearly been sculpted by strong, persistent south winds.  After I checked a few areas near Greenland I realized that if you went far enough south and took a picture in the summer the sunlight might also be coming from the south. I went around Antarctica checking the scattered ice-free areas and finally found Cape Royds.

Since I was able to locate a cleverly selected location from the famous Ron Schott himself, it would be ungrateful to put any limits on this edition.  To win, just post a comment giving the coordinates of the Google Earth image and an explanation of what we are looking at (geologically speaking).  A mention of the specific rocks/minerals found here might be nice this time.  Also, extra credit if you can figure out how this location is a first for WOGE.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

WOGE 331

When I saw Felix Bossert's WOGE 330 I noticed immediately that this was an arid region in the Southern Hemisphere.  I then made a very unscientific judgment that the landscape was not "red" enough to fit most parts of Australia or Southern Africa.  I began searching in South America by tracing the rivers in areas that seemed promising.  Eventually I was able to discover the Pozo de las Animas, a dramatic pair of sinkholes in Argentina.

For the next edition of WOGE I will try to keep things simple (but interesting) so that the game will move along quickly.  The Schott rule will be in effect.  The posting time below is in UTC.  As always, find the coordinates of the Google Earth image and tell us something about the geology of the location.  The winner gets to host the next challenge. Have fun!

Here is a larger "historical view" that shows more of the key feature.

This is not another location to search for, just a hint about the geology seen above.

Here is another historical view that might reveal something about the climate at this location.

Also, if the detail were greater you would be able to find more than two dozen small boats in the second image above.  Must be a popular place for day trips.  Maybe a larger view will help.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

WOGE 326

I recognized the landscape in Felix Bossert's WOGE 325 as a tundra right away, but it took me a few days to find the time to search green patches in Canada, Alaska, and finally Siberia.  Then it took a little more time to brush up on tundra geology.

For the next edition I have selected an image that could be very tricky to find, so I would like to try something a little different.  For about the first 34 hours this edition will be unrestricted.  If it has not been solved by then, I will post a second image.  The second image will make a very good opportunity for someone new to win the game, so the Schott rule will apply from that point on.  As always, the first person to identify the location and tell something about the geology gets to choose the next WOGE.  If you have not played before, be sure to check out the rules and tips for new players that Felix graciously provides on his blog.  Here is the picture.  Ready. Set. Go!
As promised, here is the second picture.  This means that the Schott rule is in effect, starting at 3:07 UTC January 3.  Remember that you must include the geology of this location to be declared the winner.  Nothing very technical is needed, just a general description.