Where on Google Earth? – WoGE #365 UPDATED!

Matthew’s WoGE #364 took us far out to South Georgia and on the Neumayer glacier – a phantastic example of rapid glacier retreat due to changing sea water temperatures. As you might immediately see from my image, I want to take you to a more comfortable area, but with some nice geology, too. Here’s the quiz: 

WoGE #365 – click on image to enlarge

 The rules:

  • Find the location of the image below.
  • Provide the coordinates in the comments and describe the geological significance of the spot briefly.
  • The first one to fulfill theses tasks is the winner.

The benefits:

  • Everlasting Fame.
  • Fun.
  • The honour of hosting the next WoGE on your blog.

The drawback:

  • You will likely spend some time looking for the right spot. Well, some say this time could have been better used for writing a thesis, a paper, a proposal or a nice letter to your grandma.

No Schott rule invoked. If you want to know more, read Felix’ summary.

Update (2012-12-11)

It looks like it was too hard, so here’s a hint:

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Christoph Grützner

Christoph Grützner

works at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Jena University. He likes Central Asia and the Mediterranean and looks for ancient earthquakes.

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  • Luís | 2012-12-10|23:49 (UTC)


  • Christoph Grützner | 2012-12-11|07:09 (UTC)

    Dear Luís,

    sorry for not answering your question directly –
    I rather posted a hint.

  • Luís | 2012-12-11|15:58 (UTC)

    I know, it was a rethorical question – just me saying “I know where is it …but I don’t have the time to look it up!”
    (Silly me if it isn’t europe lol)

  • Christoph Grützner | 2012-12-11|21:37 (UTC)


  • Felix Bossert | 2012-12-12|20:46 (UTC)

    Luis, I think this one is the one, you finally should make your first score. I do have the feeling as if your guess is close.

  • Ron Schott | 2012-12-14|09:59 (UTC)

    35.908N, 14.373E, near Mgarr, Malta

    Higher elevations are the Upper Coralline Limestone, overlying The Blue Clay which in turn overlies the Globigerina Limestone, as best I can read it from this geologic map of Malta: http://maltageo.tripod.com/html/maltese_map.html
    All of these units are Miocene in age.

    There’s a more or less East-West trending fault that bounds the valley in the center of the view. Presumably this fault is dip-slip.

    More details of the island’s geology can be found here: http://www.emwis-mt.org/documentation/context/physical%20factors_files/Geology.htm

  • Christoph Grützner | 2012-12-14|10:26 (UTC)

    Ron, finally I’ve put all my hopes on you and you didn’t disappoint me. Completely right – the fault line is called The Grand Fault or Victoria Lines and cuts the entire island, producing a very nice linear topographic feature with some height difference. I like the fault because of its majestic name.

    We are curious about your WoGE #366!

  • Ron Schott | 2012-12-18|20:58 (UTC)

    WoGE Fans,

    If there are no strenuous objections, WoGE is going to take a break for the holidays. I need to do some maintenance on my blog before posting WoGE #366 and that’s not going to happen until early January.

    Happy Holidays!

  • Felix Bossert | 2012-12-19|09:47 (UTC)

    Hi Ron. This are no good news as the holidays are the perfect time to waste time by looking for geological wonders. Are there no other solutions? You could publish your game and maybe it is solved within 2 days (I have time 😉 ).

    Or you could publish your Woge on your site. During the time it is not accessible I could publish a copy on my site.

    Or you could publish a copy of the picture on your twitter account (which other players did).

  • Ron Schott | 2012-12-19|23:43 (UTC)

    Alright, Felix, I strongly disagree with your contention that time spent looking for WoGEs is in any way wasted, but I’ll not disappoint you. WoGE #366 is posted on my Google+ page here: https://plus.google.com/108972509678555833657/posts/FxC5z6RsHuN

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