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 February 2003 Where on Earth? contest, which appears the print magazine, to Geotimes by Feb. 24 (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 December and January photo contests:


1. Although this Carboniferous teschenite sill shares its name with a cathedral that has the highest medieval spire in the world, the two namesakes sit at opposite ends of their island nation.

2. The “father of modern geology” used a section at the base of the sill to argue that an injection of molten rock had broken apart existing sedimentary layers. This observation contradicted the prevailing Neptunist theory that all rocks settled out of the noachian flood.

3. At the far upper left, a castle sits on a volcanic plug of similar age to the foreground sill. Despite the sheer walls provided by the extinct volcano, the castle was repeatedly under siege during the region’s wars of independence.

Name the geologic feature and adjacent city.

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Answer: Salisbury Crags; Edinburgh

January winners:

1. Dale C. Andrews, Pittsburgh, Pa.
2. Kirby Cockerham, Englewood, Colo.
3. Larry Davis, West Haven, Conn.
4. Margaretha Eckhardt, Arlington, Mass.
5. David Grisafe, Lawrence, Kan.
6. Anthony R. Kampf, Los Angeles, Calif.
7. John Longshore, Arcata, Calif.
8. Candy Martinez, Fremont, Calif.
9. Maria Skidmore, Warrington, Pa.
10. Jerry Tarbell, Hampstead, Md.


1. According to one popular theory, this body was a freshwater lake during the last ice age before rising sea level forced a connection through a narrow opening with a neighboring sea. Today, the body is saline with depths exceeding 2,000 meters.

2. Agricultural and other types of runoff are a major problem for this body of water, which receives the outflow of the second, third and fourth largest rivers of an adjoining “continent.”

3. The peninsula at center left was the site of a war in the 1850s and a cinematically famous mutiny in 1905.

Name the body of water.

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Answer: The Black Sea

December Winners:

1. Raili Aumo (Espoo, Finland)
2. Wesley Crawford (Austin, TX)
3. Gail L. Ferry (Edgewood, WA)
4. Gina Iwahashi (Oakdale, CA)
5. Don Lindasy (Bakersfield, CA)
6. Liz Miller (El Cajon, CA)
7. Matthew B. Morris (Pittsburgh, PA)
8. Bill Rice (Kingsford, MI)
9. Graham Silsby (Havre de Grace, MD)
10. Don Tobin (Houston, TX)

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