Where on Google Earth #474

For WOGE #473, we had a trip to the Diamantina River in western Queensland, Australia.

This being the first time I have hosted a WoGE, a short rules explanation:
A Google Earth image is posted with no coordinates. You find the spot in Google Earth, then post the lat/long in the comments here, along with a brief description of the geology of the area. Upon winning, it is your responsibility to host the next WoGE on your blog (or ask another player, e.g. me, to host for you), within a few days. More complete rules here, and hints on finding places here.

Without further ado, I present WoGE #474.


I will invoke the Schott rule: previous winners must wait 1 hour for each previous win. Published 2048 UTC Feb. 24

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8 thoughts on “Where on Google Earth #474”

    1. Time for a hint: this area is richly fossiliferous, forming at the margin of a great receding sea.

      I will be away from my computer most or all of the weekend, but will try to check in once or twice. Good hunting!


  1. 47.69°, -106.77° Fort Peck Lake, Montana. At Wikipedia I found the following:
    “The Hell Creek Formation is an intensively-studied division of mostly Upper Cretaceous and some lower Paleocene rocks in North America, named for exposures studied along Hell Creek, near Jordan, Montana. […] It is a series of fresh and brackish-water clays, mudstones, and sandstones deposited during the Maastrichtian and Danian (respectively the end of the Cretaceous period and the beginning of the Paleogene) by fluvial activity in fluctuating river channels and deltas and very occasional peaty swamp deposits along the low-lying eastern continental margin fronting the late Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway. The climate was mild, and the presence of crocodilians suggests a sub-tropical climate, with no prolonged annual cold. The famous iridium-enriched Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary, which separates the Cretaceous from the Cenozoic, occurs as a discontinuous but distinct thin marker bedding above and occasionally within the formation, near its boundary with the overlying Fort Union Formation. The world’s largest collection of Hell Creek fossils is housed and exhibited at the Museum of the Rockies, in Bozeman, Montana.” [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell_Creek_Formation]


    1. Yes, that is the spot!

      In 1902, Barnum Brown, on an expedition sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History, discovered what would become the type specimen of Tyrannosaurus rex in the Hell Creek formation. The area also contains many triceratops (Triceratops horridus), and, as Felix pointed out from Wikipedia, the area represents the latest Cretaceous and earliest Paleogene.

      One feature of the landscape which I hope was somewhat distinctive is the drowned topography shown by the Fort Peck Lake reservoir. Impounded water has filled in the lower parts of the valleys, and leads to the highly irregular shoreline. The angles of valley entrance to the lake may have suggested a flow of water from the southwest to northeast; it is certainly visible from a slightly wider view.


  2. I saw that it was most likely a reservoir from the strange shoreline, but that was about as far as I got before I got busy with other things. Nice one!


  3. Bill welcome on board and congrationlation to your first Woge win! I hope your lake and your area is not running out of water and I wish you lots of rain to fill up your ground water. I’m not sure, if this is also the problem in Minnesota.


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