Where on Google Earth #207

Quite exactly half a year after my last WoGE win, I finally managed to find one again: in the last WoGE, Simon (hosted by Jeromes Blog) has shown the mountain Tronfjell, a nice gabbro intrusion in the Norwegian Caledonides. I'd like to present a rather younger feature:

Where on Google Earth #207.

Where on Google Earth #207.

For any new players to Where on (Google) Earth, simply post a comment with latitude and longitude and write something about the (geologic) features in the picture. If you win, you get to host the next one.

Because I think that this WoGE is quite easy, I invoke Schott's Rule: former winners have to wait until posting for 1 hour for each WoGE they got right.

Posting time is 20 June, 14:00 CEST (12:00 UTC).

Have fun and good luck!

Comments 5

  1. Lost Geologist 30 ⟨ 21 Jun 2010, 03:03 PM | #  ⟩

    I think I didn't scored 24 wins in WOGE, yet, so here is my answer: The image features the tailings of the Welzow-Süd open cast lignite mine west of Spremberg (Brandenburg) that are dumped by a "Förderbrücke", a machine that excavates both the coal and tailings and works its way westward in this example I believe. The coals are of a miocene age. They are probably mining the 2nd Lusatian Coal Seam. It's the only one to my knowledte currently in production.
    Coordinates: 51°35'55 N and 14°16'23 E

  2. fj 229 ⟨ 21 Jun 2010, 10:38 PM | #  ⟩

    Lost Geologist, that's correct. WoGE 208 is yours – post a notice here when it's ready.

    The photo in Google Earth is quite old however. A newer view is available using the DOP Viewer. With the higher resolution you can also better see the overburden conveyor bridge F60 (“60” means it can remove a maximum overburden thickness of 60m) which is the largest moving machine in the world. Looks quite impressive when you're standing below one.

    As it moves back and forth (north-south in this case) in the pit, it removes overburden at the front. The overburden is transported over the bridge on conveyor belts and dumped at the back. Thus you get this series of N-S striking, tilted layers („Rippen“ in German – could anybody translated this correctly please?) which then are recultivated more or less successfully. The Miocene sediments are prone to acidification because of their high pyrite content, and the Pleistocene material is mostly quite pure, low-fertile sand, so growing something there is sometimes hard.

  3. Lost Geologist 30 ⟨ 22 Jun 2010, 11:20 PM | #  ⟩

    Cool! 🙂
    I am currently traveling but will be back friday. I hope it is ok if I post the image and link here then.

  4. fj 229 ⟨ 23 Jun 2010, 10:48 PM | #  ⟩

    No problem (I hope)!

    Regarding your score: Ron Schott's KMZ file, which I linked at the top of my post, contains a list of all winners and how often they won.

  5. Lost Geologist 30 ⟨  2 Jul 2010, 12:26 PM | #  ⟩

    I forgot to post the link last night. Here it is:

    http://lostgeologist.blogspot.com/2010/07/where-on-google-earth-nr-208.html

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