Where on Google Earth #512

For WOGE 511, we went to the north end of the Piqiang fault in Xinjiang, China, and saw some spectacular satellite-visible structural geology.

Here for WOGE 512, there is more vegetation:

To play, find the location on Google Earth, then leave a comment describing a little about the geology/geography/hydrology etc. of the area and why it is interesting. The winner will choose the next location and host WOGE 513 on their blog. Full rules here, tips/tricks, and a KMZ file of past locations are available.

Good luck!

3 thoughts on “Where on Google Earth #512”

  1. -1.45466°, -78.4191° Volcano Tungurahua, Ecuador.

    “Tungurahua, a steep-sided andesitic-dacitic stratovolcano that towers more than 3 km above its northern base, is one of Ecuador’s most active volcanoes. Three major edifices have been sequentially constructed since the mid-Pleistocene over a basement of metamorphic rocks. Tungurahua II was built within the past 14,000 years following the collapse of the initial edifice. Tungurahua II itself collapsed about 3000 years ago and produced a large debris-avalanche deposit and a horseshoe-shaped caldera open to the west, inside which the modern glacier-capped stratovolcano (Tungurahua III) was constructed. Historical eruptions have all originated from the summit crater, accompanied by strong explosions and sometimes by pyroclastic flows and lava flows that reached populated areas at the volcano’s base. Prior to a long-term eruption beginning in 1999 that caused the temporary evacuation of the city of Baños at the foot of the volcano, the last major eruption had occurred from 1916 to 1918, although minor activity continued until 1925.” [http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=352080]

    The volcano is not in the center of your picture. So I hope there is not much more geology hidden somewhere. If you were looking for something else, please tell me.


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