Where on Google Earth #483

For WOGE 482, Ole took us to the Taklimakan Desert, to the dunes and playas at the foot of the world’s largest alluvial fan.

This WOGE has some subtleties, though perhaps they are not as subtle as I might think.

To win, find the location in Google Earth, and leave a comment on this post with the latitude and longitude of the location, as well as a description of the geologic/geographic/hydrologic features. If you win, you get to host the next WOGE, either on your blog or with the assistance of one of the regulars (I’d be happy to help). Previous WOGEs are compiled by Felix here (or as kmz).

ETA: The above picture is a little tilted, as Ole pointed out in the comments. Here is one that is not tilted.


4 thoughts on “Where on Google Earth #483”

  1. Is there a slight tilt in the picture? It looks a lot like “Standard USA 1/2 mile grid”, but then the grid should be parallel all over. I see a little convergence towards the top, which could be caused by camera tilt..


  2. Oh – meteorology!

    Moore OK, 35°20′20″N 97°29′15″W

    That paler brownish wiggly line across the center is the track of the F5 May 20th 2013 tornado. According to Wikipedia, “Moore has seen ten tornadoes between 1998 and 2015, three of them big enough to claim lives and cause catastrophic damage. The city of Moore was damaged by significant tornadoes on October 4, 1998; May 3, 1999; May 8, 2003; May 10, 2010; and May 20, 2013, with weaker tornadoes striking at other times, notably May 31, 2013 and March 25, 2015. Moore is located in Tornado Alley, a colloquial term for the area of the United States where tornadoes are most frequent. About 20 tornadoes occurred in the immediate vicinity of Moore from 1890 to 2013. The most significant tornadoes to hit Moore occurred in 1999 and 2013.”

    And more: ” Despite the tornado following a roughly similar track to the even deadlier 1999 Bridge Creek–Moore tornado, which was similar in size and severity, very few homes and neither of the stricken schools had purpose-built storm shelters”

    Storm shelters seem to me to be a VERY good idea in this area…


  3. Storm shelters ARE a very good idea throughout the US midwest and southeast.

    Next week is Severe Weather Awareness Week here in Minnesota (find yours here). Those of you who are in the midwest or southeast should consider getting Skywarn spotter training.

    The geology here comes from shallow marine, deltaic, and alluvial Permian sandstones and shales (iron oxide containing red-beds), with outcrops of gypsum. Thicker salt deposits in the subsurface are found in the west, and can be from 1000-6500 feet thick according to the OK geological survey (Educational publication 9: 2008). In the southwest corner of the image is the Canadian River valley, showing off some nice meandering.


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