Where on Earth?
Do you have slides and photos you've collected from field work or vacations?
Every month, we'd like to feature one of your photos from anywhere in the world and invite other readers to guess where it was taken. Look every month in the print Geotimes for a new photo. Following are clues, answers and winners from past issues.

Send answers for the March 2003 Where on Earth? contest, which appears the print magazine, to Geotimes by March 31 (or postmarked by this date). From those answers, Geotimes staff will draw the names of 10 people who will win Where on Earth? T-shirts. And from those 10 names, we will draw the names of two people who will win a Brunton compass. 

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Answers to the March and February photo contests:


1. The glassy flow in the center of the picture formed 1,300 years ago in the last eruption of this Quaternary shield volcano, one of the largest volcanoes in its country.

2. This photograph of the summit caldera was taken from the volcano's current high point, a peak named for a local chieftain who, one might surmise, was no stranger to peril.

3. The town just to the north has an unbreakable name that stems from a curve in the adjacent river.

Name the feature and country.

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Answer: Newberry Volcano; Oregon, United States

March Winners:

1. John W. Boyd (Prescott, Ariz.)
2. Daniel Deborde (Tucson, Ariz.)
3. Peter Druschke (Las Vegas, Nev.)
4. Richard W. Galster (Edmonds, Wash.)
5. Neal Jacques (Seahurst, Wash.)
6. Milton R. Marks (Lake Oswego, Ore.)
7. Charna Meth (Alexandria, Va.)
8. Andrew H. Rorick (Sandy, Ore.)
9. Marty Ross (Rockport, Mass.)
10. Todd Shipman (Tucson, Ariz.)


1. Now underwater, this feature was a subaerially exposed cave during the last Ice Age approximately 18,000 years ago. More than 400 feet deep, it was thought to be bottomless until the French explorer Jacques Cousteau proved otherwise during a 1970 expedition.

2. Researchers are using core samples from stalactites like those pictured to test a hypothesis that relates Saharan desert dust storm activity to the development of algal blooms and other pathogens in this region.

3. The feature’s name and its appearance from the air are similar to that of an astronomical feature with a gravitational field so intense that not even light can escape.

Name the feature and country.

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Answer: Great Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize

February Winners:

1. Noreen A. Buster (St. Petersburg, FL)
2. Robert F. Dill (San Diego, CA)
3. Robert G. Dunn, Jr. (Viburnum, MO)
4. Jack Faughn (Portland, OR)
5. R. J. Gauthier-Warinner (Arlington, VA)
6. Andy Parker (Webb City, MO)
7. Deborah Carter Peoples (Delaware, OH)
8. Chris Robinson (Wyoming, MI)
9. William Speidel (San Diego, CA)
10. Peter Trabant (Houston, TX)

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