Where on Google Earth #332

For quite some time, I always was too slow to solve the WoGE puzzles, if I even managed to give a try at all. (For a description what WoGE is, see below the fold. Previous WoGEs are collected on Felix Bossert's blog and in Ron Schott's KML.)

Matthew's WoGE 331 was rather difficult, especially since I completely missed one special feature. However, the remaining information in the pictures and text (Matthew published several clues after some time) where enough, with some persistence, to find that volcanic island located in a back-arc basin.

Now I may come up with a new puzzle. For a change, it should be a bit easier (I hope), to give newcomers a chance.

Where on Google Earth #332

Where on Google Earth #332. Click to embiggen.

For any new players to Where on (Google) Earth, simply post a comment with latitude and longitude and write something about the (geologic) feature in the picture; in this case especially why these bright rectangles are found here. If you win, you get to host the next one.

Because this WoGE should be rather easy, I invoke Schott's Rule: former winners have to wait until posting for 1 hour for each WoGE they got right. I will post some hints if there is no answer after some time.

Posted on 27 February, 16:00 CET (15:00 UTC).

Have fun and good luck!

Comments 14

  1. Zane Jobe 2 ⟨ 27 Feb 2012, 11:29 PM | #  ⟩

    Ha, got it! I thought of northern Chile immediately - Lat long is 23.41 S, 68.12W. I am guessing those pools are lithium evaporation pools, but Ill have to check on that...

  2. fj 232 ⟨ 27 Feb 2012, 11:56 PM | #  ⟩

    Yes, that was quick! I'm sorry that I forgot to turn off the moderation queue.

    This is the Salar (salt flat) de Atacma, where lithium-rich brines are pumped from the underground and evaporated in these pools. The extreme aridity (therefore high evaporation) of the area makes lithium salt production cheaper here. It is one of the major lithium producers of the world. (But also potassium and boron salts are found here.)

  3. Florian Jenn 232 ⟨ 28 Feb 2012, 12:08 AM | #  ⟩

    Etwas spät auf meiner Pinnwand… Offensichtlich funktioniert Wordbooker nicht mit scheduled posts. 🙁

    Update: Funktionierte doch, man muß nur beim Posten das richtige Häkchen setzen…

  4. Felix Bossert 17 ⟨  4 Mar 2012, 10:39 AM | #  ⟩

    Hi Zane, what are your plans with WOGE333?

  5. fj 232 ⟨  5 Mar 2012, 12:23 AM | #  ⟩

    I hope he's looking for something special for this nice number. (Having enjoyed history lessons in Germany, I'd have an idea already...)

  6. Felix Bossert 17 ⟨  5 Mar 2012, 12:50 AM | #  ⟩

    @Florian: I see your point, looks like you had the same lessons than I have had. "333 bei Issus Keilerei" (Battle of Issus Alexander the Great 333 BC). The area there looks quite promising. I fear that all this is not really interesting for an American, as they have their own history.

    In Germany (in the not so far away older times) everybody had a "Schnaps" when there was a multidigit number with all digits identical. I do not find a similar custom in the US, not even an easy translation for "Schnapszahl". So all this summarizes, with three identical digit, a good location would be the location of a microbrew in Texas 😉 .

  7. Zane Jobe 2 ⟨  6 Mar 2012, 05:21 PM | #  ⟩

    WoGE #333 is up now at http://offtheshelfedge.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/where-on-google-earth-woge-333-modern-coastal-system/

    You guys need to educate me on this 333 thing - my country doesnt go back that far 🙂

  8. fj 232 ⟨  6 Mar 2012, 06:59 PM | #  ⟩

    Zane, thanks for the new WoGE!

    Felix and me were alluding to the battle between Alexander of Macedonia and Darius of Persia at Issos. German history teachers love to use the mnemonic rhyme „Drei-drei-drei: bei Issos Keilerei“ (“three-three-three: brawl at Issos”).

    Yet unlike Felix, I don't think it a very promising WoGE site; but perhaps I missed something interesting there.

  9. Felix Bossert 17 ⟨  6 Mar 2012, 09:40 PM | #  ⟩

    Florian: maybe you missed this one :


    D's negschte Woge isch a ganz arg oifachs....

  10. fj 232 ⟨  6 Mar 2012, 10:59 PM | #  ⟩

    Felix, thanks for the link! I had only looked if the area appeared somehow special or “interesting” in Google Earth.

    S'negscht WoGE isch gwiis uifach und i ho's au schu gfundə, abr i waiß it wenn i's schriibə derf. 😉

  11. Felix Bossert 17 ⟨  7 Mar 2012, 01:51 AM | #  ⟩

    @Florian: Grins... Des isch blos an Tescht gwea! Jetztat isches klar, mr send högschdens 2 Schtonda Auto auseinand...

  12. fj 232 ⟨  7 Mar 2012, 09:28 PM | #  ⟩

    Dear readers, contrary to my own request to write in English, Felix and me have detoured into linguistically geolocating each other using written approximations of our Alemannic dialect variants… 😉

    @Felix: Abr a paar Vokalə sind halt schu a wink åndersch.

    Woni herkumm hättsch au liicht sea kinne a miiniga Blogposchts – dees odr dees zum Biischpil. Hå au schu a WoGE vu dhuim ghett.

  13. Felix Bossert 17 ⟨  7 Mar 2012, 09:41 PM | #  ⟩

    S gheit halt scho Ondrschied von dr OschtAlb zu de OschtAlba. Alse no jong gwea ben, benne emmr dr Höllwies nonder odr aufs Haue Liacht nuf gschtiega. Geologisch isches da scho aweng komlizierter wia bei mir dahoim: Endweder s'isch schwaarz, odr braun odr weiß. Damets net so langweilig isch hat au scho mal an Mederoid eigschlaga.

  14. fj 232 ⟨  7 Mar 2012, 10:03 PM | #  ⟩

    @Felix: Ries impact caused by stratigraphically bored geologists!

    Woni itz schaff, håt's grad gar kui Felsə, bloß an Hüüfe Sånd und Luim und deargs Zuig; und hindanååchə alls no glazjaal duurəgnudlət.

    Abr mei, i scheerə halt eh bloß im Matsch umanånd, isch grad Wurscht was do drunter isch.

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