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.

The first 10 readers to identify the location pictured in the current print version of Geotimes receive a Where on Earth? T-shirt. From these 10 winners we will draw the names of the two respondants who will receive a Brunton 8099 EclipseTM compass. Please note that all contestants are eligible to win one compass per year and a maximum of three T-shirts per year.

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(Photo and clues for the current contest are available in the print version only)

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


1. This 3,800m-high, active volcano was first described by a famous British explorer in 1841, but was not climbed until 1908 (by a group led by a famous Irish explorer).

2. The volcano is situated on an island and produces an unusual phonolitic lava containing up to 12 cm-long anorthoclase crystals.

3. The inner crater hosts a persistent convecting lava lake that frequently showers the crater and upper slopes with bombs.

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Mount Erebus stands at 3,794 feet on Ross Island in Antarctica.  It was discovered by James Ross and first climbed by Ernest Shackleton and crew. 
Photo and clues from Rick Aster, Phil Kyle, and Bill McIntosh of New Mexico Tech. 

May winners:

Peter Heitzmann (Dale City, VA)
Edward Grew (Orono, ME)
Susan Milius (Washington, DC)
Rob McDowell (Atlanta, GA)
Nelson Andrekovic (Wickliffe, OH)
Sandra Stapp (Oceanside, CA)
Ruth Jewell (Kettering, OH)
Tom Parr (Reading, MA)
Matthew B. Morris (Pittsburgh, PA)
Dan Miggins (Denver, CO)


1.  The rocks pictured are part of a four-mile thick Precambrian sedimentary sequence. (The dam is more recent.)

2. The strike of the adjacent mountains is orthogonal to that of surrounding ranges, reflecting a more ancient tectonic history.

3. The location's name comes from a vivid description by a famous one-armed explorer.

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The Flaming Gorge Dam is located in the northeast corner of Utah at the eastern end of the Uinta Mountains. 

April winners:

Mack Duncan - Wrens, Ga.
Mauri Pelto - Dudley, Mass.
Beth McMillian - Laramie, Wyo.
Sandra Stapp - Oceanside, Calif.
Gary Millhollen - Hays, Kan.
Charles Chapman - Ridgefield, Conn.
Fred Hawkins - Colo.
Rob Fillmore - Gunnison, Colo.
Garry Zabel - Glenwood Springs, Colo.
Steve Spear - San Marcos, Calif.

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