21 January 2020
Where On (Google) Earth #603
Posted by Jessica Ball
Last week, in a moment of random thought, I suggested reviving our beloved Where On Google Earth (#WOGE). @i_rockhopper got to work right away restarting the contest, and I tracked down the image, thus earning myself the right to host the next and an hour of handicap according to the Schott Rule. (See below for the details of that rule, which keeps all us old-timers from dominating the contest.)
Here’s your next challenge in this geoscience reverse image search! (Click to embiggen.)
Comment on this post or the one on Twitter with the coordinates and/or a feature name and relative location, and a brief description of why that spot is geologically interesting. The first to do this wins the right to choose the next image from Google Earth (with a north arrow and scale bar but no coordinates). This will then be hosted on their blog or Twitter (with the help of an established sci-commer if they don’t have their own platform), and the contest series continues.
Schott Rule: Previous winners must wait at least one hour for each win that they have before posting a solution, with the official post time on the blog as the starting gun.. The more wins you have, the longer you wait. Newbies can get started right away.
24.436900 N, 39.843644 E
This is the northern extent of the Harrat Rahat lava field’s flows, near Medina, Saudi Arabia. According to the Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program, the last known eruption was in 1256, and came within a few kilometers of Medina (https://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=231070&vtab=GeneralInfo).
[…] WOGE 603, Jessica Ball (@tuff_cookie) took us to the Harrat Rahat basaltic lava field near Medina, Saudi […]
Where on Google Earth #604 has been posted here: https://inquisitiverockhopper.wordpress.com/2020/01/23/where-on-google-earth-woge-604/
I’m just making a comment to maybe be able to see the answer.
Has nobody answered yet? I´ve found the site, it is at 24.440; 39.842, near Medina it Saudi Arabia; I knew it was over there in Saudi Arabia, all the lava areas (harrat) looks quite similar, and I´ve working over there some time. By the way, around 135 km to the norht there are some volcanoes with white lava (comendite), they are the Jebel al-Abiadh; I went there with some friends not geologists, it was amazing even for them.
Not to be publised: By the way, i´m not a blogger, just a geologist working here and there (now in Europe). If I´m the winner, let me know and I will look for some nice place :), if you can post it.