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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 this month's Where on Earth? contest, which appears in the print magazine, to Geotimes by the 28th of the month (e-mailed or postmarked by that 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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Archive of old answers

Answers to the November and October photo contests:

October 2005


1. These outcrops are the well-weathered remains of a metamorphosed volcanic rock about 150 to 200 million years old and a granitic rock about 90 million years old. The rock formations lie at the base of one sculptured mountain chain and in the shadow of another; the valley is visibly scarred by a strong earthquake that rocked the area in the 1870s.

2. This area has been the backdrop for many famous Western movies as well as television commercials. One of the roads in the area is even known as “Movie Road.”

3. Prospectors sympathetic to the losing side of a civil war named the area after an important warship that wreaked havoc on supply ships from the victorious side. Miners who sympathized with the winning side of the war then named several nearby features after the ship that sank the warship.


Name this location.

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Answer: The Alabama Hills in Southern California form the gateway to the Sierra Nevada and to Mount Whitney, the highest point in the range. The well-weathered boulders of the Alabama Hills sharply contrast with the rugged Sierras. Photo by Heather Brown.

October 2005 Winners
Walter Borowski (Richmond, Ky.)
John Harper (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Alec Hrynyshyn (Orem, Utah)
Howard Level (Ventura, Calif.)
Bob Niblack (Rocklin, Calif.)
Katrina Pekar (Manhattan, Kan.)
Bobby Rasband (Temecula, Calif.)
Jeff Ritchie (Wichita Falls, Texas)
David Sams (Sunol, Calif.)
Robin White (Placitas, N.M.)

November 2005


1. This feature shares its name, which means “high one” in a native language, with a mountain and with a national park that is larger than the state of Massachusetts. The park and mountain, however, were first named after the host country’s former leader.

2. This feature stretches 2,100 kilometers and is a result of the collision of two tectonic plates. The two ridges on either side of the landform reflect different rock formations.

3. Bands of nomadic natives traversed the area for thousands of years, with Caucasian settlers first visiting in the 1800s to prospect for gold.


Name the feature and its location.

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Answer: Check back next month for the answer to and winners of the November Where on Earth? in Geotimes.

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