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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 May 2005 Where on Earth? contest, which appears in the print magazine, to Geotimes by May 28 (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 April and March photo contests:

April 2005


1. This glacial lake is surrounded by two shrinking glaciers, one that shares the name of the lake and one that sounds like something that would appear in a house, rather than in nature.

2. In the mid-1800s, a British surveyor named a dominating volcanic mountain peak in the park after a famous 19th century Italian soldier; the park now shares the name with the peak.

3. The main hiking trail leading up to this lake ascends 1,200 meters (almost 4,000 feet) over 7 kilometers (about 4.4 miles), and passes a 300-meter-high (nearly 1,000-foot-high) waterfall along the way. Legend has it that loggers and fishermen created the trail hundreds of years ago.


Name the lake and park.

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Answer: Check back next month for the answer to and winners of the April Where on Earth? in Geotimes.

March 2005


1. This waterfall is the most popular attraction in the second oldest national park in the host country. The national park used to be a manor farm, and the estate was later owned by a church and then royalty. Ruins of a farmhouse still remain in the park.

2. The river and waterfall cut through broad columns of basalt, which can be seen surrounding the falls in the shape of an ampitheater. It is from the basalt that the waterfall gets its name, not the color of the water.

3. An overlook on the main trail to the waterfall offers broad views of an outwash plain that has evidence of many glacial floods caused by volcanic activity.


Name the waterfall and its location.

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Answer: Svartifoss Falls, also known as “black waterfall” for the large columns of basalt behind and flanking the falls, is located in Skaftafell National Park in southern Iceland. Skaftafell was a manor farm and local assembly site in the Middle Ages, and the farmhouse still remains. Photo by Peter Gill.

March 2005 Winners

Karen Berry (Wheat Ridge, Colo.)
Christine Bevc (Boulder, Colo.)
Peter Forman (Altamont, N.Y.)
Julian Gray (Marietta, Ga.)
Paul Hoskin (Ellensburg, Wash.)
Eloise Kendy (Helena, Mont.)
Joshua Rosenfeld (Granbury, Texas)
Scott Salentine (Wauwatosa, Wis.)
Richie Williams (West Falmouth, Mass.)
James Zambito (Buffalo, N.Y.)

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