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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.

Submit photos for Where on Earth?

For the June issue, the first three readers to identify the location pictured in the current print version of Geotimes received the Glossary of Geology.  The first 10 will received a Where on Earth? T-shirt. Beginning in July, the first two readers will receive a Brunton 8099 EclipseTM compass and the first 10 will still receive a T-shirt. 

Answers to the June and May photo contests:
Archive of old answers


June clues & answer:

1.  More than half a billion years ago, this cliff was a reef, and the gem-like lake in the foreground would have been buried deep in muddy sediments.

2.  The well-preserved remains of some wonderful animals were found at the base of the cliff in 1909.

3.  Only a few years after that discovery, the area -- now a park -- served as a World War I internment camp for natives of the Austrio-Hungarian Empire.

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Emerald Lake and Mount Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada. The Walcott Quarry, which contains the famous Cambrian fossil beds in Burgess shale, sits in the snow toward the right side of the photo. Photo from V. Collins Chew of Kingsport, Tenn.

June winners:

Roger Borchert -- Bismarck, N.D.
Fred Hawkins -- Denver, Colo.
Toby Moore -- Irvine, Calif.
Ronnie Almero -- Irvine, Calif.
John Williams -- Sacramento, Calif.
Gisele Jakobs -- Berkeley, Calif.
Pamela Gore -- Clarkston, Ga.
Alan Fryar -- Lexington, Ky.
Curt Hudak -- Stillwater, Minn.
Leslie Gordon -- Menlo Park, Calif.


May clues & answer:

          Christina Reed

1. Columnar joints, pictured top left, underlie large sections of this nation's landscape.

2.  Hikers find this waterfall -- the second-tallest in the country at 120 meters -- near where "hell freezes over".

3.  Jules Verne refers to this country's western peninsula in Journey to the Center of the Earth.

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Haifoss waterfall is nestled west of Mount Hekla, the volcano known as the gate to hell in mediaeval Icelandic folklore, and south of the Langjokull glacier in Iceland.

May winners:

Helen Delano -- York Springs, Penn.
Jesse Kasehagen -- Santa Barbara, Calif.

Honorable mention:

William Smith -- McLean, Va.
Katherine Price Blount -- Corpus Christi, Texas
Fred Hawkins -- Denver, Colo.
Nancy Williams -- Boulder, Colo.
Susan Banda -- Pamona, NJ
Mike Klein -- Boulder, Colo.
John Zeise
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