Where on Google Earth #329 – Now with 100% fewer coordinates*

A post by Anne JeffersonThe last Where on Google Earth challenge sat for two weeks unfound, before a pair of hints led me to the classic Troodos ophiolite region. Thus, I get to tickle your brains with the next installment of this geopuzzle. I suspect this one will go pretty quickly.

Image captured from Google Earth, February 2012

Where on Google Earth #329. Now with 100% fewer coordinates. Click image to enlarge.

For those that haven’t played before, here’s a quick overview of the rules. First one to correctly identify the latitude and longitude of the center of the image AND say something about what makes this area geologically interesting…wins. The prize is getting to pick the next WoGE location and hosting it on your blog or picking a geoblogger to host it for you. If you’ve won WoGE in the past, you have to wait one hour before submitting your answer for each of your previous wins (the Schott Rule). If you don’t remember how many times you’ve won, you can look at Ron Schott’s kmz file.

Posting time is 18:20 Eastern US time (23:20 GMT) on Sunday, 5 February 2012. Happy hunting.

*Sorry for the earlier SNAFU. I was defeated by WordPress’s gallery feature that allowed some of you to see the coordinates even after I thought I’d fixed my error. “100% fewer coordinates” borrowed from Maria Brumm who committed a similar error years ago.

Categories: geopuzzling

Comments (7)

  1. Jeremy says:

    Just thought I’d point out that you have the lat/long included in the image – hopefully you can crop it out before anyone cheats. :-)

  2. Lab Lemming says:

    I don’t know the location (and am in timeout anyway), but the processes look similar to the area SE of #202.

  3. 21.0987°S, 55.4072°E Piton des Neiges, La Réunion Island.
    The Island is a 7km high basaltic oceanic shield volcano with a diameter of 230 km and an age of around 5-8 Ma. The NW Piton des Neiges edifice (our picture) is thought to be extinct. The SE Piton de la Fournaise is still very active. The island is thought to be over an 50 Ma old hot spot with discussion, that it once has been related to the indian Deccan traps. The indian sub continent is thought to have moved over the hot spot.

  4. Anne Jefferson says:

    Well done, Felix. I picked this particular spot because of the contrasting topography of the area affected by a caldera breach (the east side of the image) and the remnant undissected shield surface (on the west). It certainly illustrates the complexities of understaning the post-eruptive evolution of volcanic landscapes.

    Looking forward to the next mystery location.

  5. WOGE330 is ready for inspection.