Ron Schotton May 29
WoGE #288 is ready when you are: http://ron.outcrop.org/blog/?p=1108
Felix Bosserton May 29
After I saw the place on GoogleEarth, I have to say this was a prominent location to find. I've been looking all around the spot but I was kind of sloppy and unorganized in my search pattern and was too lazy to look for the single snowy spots.
Ron Schotton May 29
As it turns out, the clue was almost immaterial. I had been out of town for a couple of weeks and didn't seek this one out until Friday night. Took a brief look Friday before the clue, but other things were still pressing. Saturday I saw the clue, but misread it and spent my first half hour searching North America (D'oh!) before rereading it and realizing that it was NOT in North America. It still took me a while, but it is a pretty distinctive landscape, so it was just a matter of going through all the usual suspects...
I know others like the faster pace, but I, for one, welcome a slower pace and a good long search. Thanks for providing that Peter.
WoGE #288 should be up before Memorial Day.
Péter Luffion May 28
You nailed it, Ron - I wonder whether you truly needed the clue I've dropped yesterday... I'm now looking forward to your #288.
Ron Schotton May 28
Alpine glacial features of the Retezat Mountains, Transylvanian Alps, Romania, including (but not limited to) horns, aretes, cirques, tarns, cols and U-shaped glacial valleys. From the Parcul National Retezat website, the geologic description is as follows:
Retezat National Park is composed of the Retezat- Godeanu mountain ranges. The Retezat range extends north from the center, and rises from between the Petrosani and Hateg tectonic hollows.
The main characteristic of the Retezat Mountains is given by the presence of two big eruptive blocks that stretch out in the direction of Lapusnicul Mare and Barbat rivers: the Retezat type granodioritic massif to the North, stretching out over a length of more than 40 km and width of around 20 km and the Buta granodioritic massif, located in the south of the Lapusnic- Barbat valley corridor, which drops under the Jurassic deposits of the Retezatul Mic.
A strip of crystalline schists with quartz schists, mica-schists and clorito -amphbolic schists stretches between the two blocks.
Another strip of crystalline schists, adherent to the Danube domain, stretches out to the Northwest of the northern granite block. The crystalline mass fuses with the eruptive intrusions.
The sediments are represented by some Paleozoic and Mesozoic geological patches (especially Superior Jurassic and Inferior Cretaceous limestones), they are located on the eastern periphery of the Retezat (the Tulisa crest) and in the South- Southwest (Retezatul Mic).
The crystalline of the getic layer can only be found on the northern face of the mountains, stretching further under the sediments of the Hateg and Petrosani hollows."
Additional details of the geomorphology, hydrology, and soils can be found here: http://retezat.ro/index.php/english/about-the-park/natural-features.html
Péter Luffion May 28
Sorry, folks - I've been away from internet connections in the past week and thought I'll find this puzzle solved upon my return... OK, here comes a little help: the spot is not in North America and the altitude is less than 3000 m.
felix bosserton May 27
Péter: what about a clue?
Felix Bosserton May 21
Hm, since 2 days I'm looking for it. We have a pretty large scale, but mountain views are never easy to find. We do not have an easy to detect feature on the picture. It is on the northern hemisphere. We are mostly above the tree level, meaning these are high mountains. On the whole picture I cannot find human structures (area of 12x8km), so I rule out the European Alps. There are a lot of liniear features under the snow, looks like some dikes...
Luison May 19
well I came here everyday, hoping for a clue, because I don't have a slightiest idea where to look - and I'm not looking in all planet ;)
To me, with no geological background, most of the spots are hard, this one isn't an exception - I'm trying ... but is (super) hard
Felix Bosserton May 15
Péter, I have converted the WoGE.kmz file into a Microsoft Access Database. When I have sorted out the last bugs (international code tables..) I am going to publish it. Maybe the file could be helpful for the teaching people of the WOGE-community. Nevertheless one of the products of the database is the graph of previous Woges over time (same as Ron's graph). It looks like as if we are in a down time at the moment. Even we have a lot of new players recently.