Where on Earth?
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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 2004 Where on Earth? contest, which appears in the print magazine, to Geotimes by February 29 (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 January and February photo contests:



1. The water pictured flows into one of many waterfalls that make this national park a popular tourist site. One word in the park’s name means diamond.

2. The waterfall’s name comes from the metal that gives the stratigraphic rocks a pinkish hue. The metal thus hints at the presence of oxygen when these Mesoproterozoic rocks deposited.

3. The park is located in a country well-known for its mineral and agricultural resources. Recently, the country has been a formidable negotiator affecting conditions for U.S.-led efforts to create a free trade zone in the Americas.


Name the national park.

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Answer: Chapada Diamantina in Bahia State, Brazil. Photo by Kristina Brody.

Check back later this month to find out who won February's Where on Earth? contest.



1. The name of this region incorporates that of a famously precise nation.

2. Cretaceous seas left behind the sandstone that makes up these cliffs, which are now part of a national park. The same sandstone was used to build a famous gate located in this country's current capital city.

3. The bombing of a nearby city inspired a 1969 novel that was turned into a movie in 1972.


Name the park and the region.

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Answer: Both the park and the region are known as Saxon Switzerland (Sächsische Schweiz), which is located in Germany just southeast of Dresden (the firebombing of which in February 1945 killed over 130,000 people and was the subject of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse 5) on the border with the Czech Republic. The gate built of the Elbe sandstone is the Brandenburger Tor, symbol of German reunification in 1989.

January Winners

1. J. Marc Coolen (Hagerhill, Ky.)
2. Scott P. Cooper (Albuquerque, N.M.)
3. Candy Martinez (Fremont, Calif.)
4. William J. Pegram (Arlington, Mass.)
5. Daniel Phelps (Lexington, Ky.)
6. Christina Poulos (Binghamton, N.Y.)
7. Chris Scott (Brentwood, Tenn.)
8. Adam Smith (Summershade, Ky.)
9. Norman D. Smith (Lincoln, Neb.)
10. Rebecca Widing (Barre, Mass.)

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