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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 the July 2004 Where on Earth? contest, which appears in the print magazine, to Geotimes by July 30 (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 May and June photo contests:



1. Huge dolerite sheets covering this site mark a tug-of-war between two plates during the breakup of Gondwana.

2. Part of a world heritage wilderness area, the site boasts many hiking trails — going through temperate rainforests, quartzite beaches, glacial lakes and subalpine fields. The host island is famed for a nocturnal, terrier-sized whirlwind of a creature.

3. This feature was named in the early 19th century for a type of bed.

Name this site and location.



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Answer: Cradle Mountain in Cradle Mountain/Lake St. Clair National Park in Tasmania. Photo courtesy of Kimmo Kosonen.

May Winners

1. Alan Marshall (Nedlands, Western Australia)
2. Christian Cicimurri (Clemson, S.C.)
3. Paula Stine (Decatur, Ill.)
4. Jay Smerekanicz (Manchester, N.H.)
5. Dick Jackson (Austin, Texas)
6. Curt Frischkorn (Santa Fe, N.M.)
7. Jason Buck (Eureka, Calif.)
8. Thomas Laudon (Oshkosh, Wis.)
9. O. Kelly Murphy (Long Beach, Calif.)
10. Les Beard (Oak Ridge, Tenn.)



1. The dominant rock in this location is granodiorite gneiss, and the capstone layer on the mountains is dolerite. The vertical relief in the picture is about 700 meters.

2. Discovered in the early 20th century, this site was thought lifeless until the late 1970s.

3. No rain has been recorded in this Mars-like landscape over the past 2 million years. A salty lake in this location shares its name with a famed Casanova.

Name this location.

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Answer: Wright Valley is one of Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys. It is located in the Transantarctic Mountains and hosts Don Juan Pond, the world’s saltiest lake. Photo courtesy of Kurt Cuffey.

June 2004 Winners
1. Michael Starbuck (Rolla, Mo.)
2. Robert L. Edwards (Boulder, Colo.)
3. Julie Palais (Arlington, Va.)
4. Bruce Malfait (Alexandria, Va.)
5. Charles C. Plummer (Sacramento, Calif.)
6. Charles R. Bentley (Madison, Wis.)
7. Linda Hansen (Arlington, Mass.)
8. Jonathan Berg (DeKalb, Ill.)
9. Richard E.A. Ipri (West Point, N.Y.)
10. Donald Schwert (Fargo, N.D.)

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