Where on Google Earth #525

Felix rang in the new year with a trip to the New Year Mine in Nevada.

Now, for WOGE 525, we leave the desert behind. Your task is to find the location of this image, as well as to post a comment with a description of the important geology, hydrology, or other -ology shown in the image.


To encourage first-time players, I would ask that any previous winners wait until at least 20:00 1/15/2016 UTC before posting (roughly 24 hours). Rules, hints, and a .kml file with previous WOGE locations can be found here.

Update 0055 UTC 1/25/2016: In the east of the WOGE 525 scene is a reservoir. The next (downstream) widening of the waterway is here:

10 thoughts on “Where on Google Earth #525”

  1. I see a syncline, I believe, and some mining or quarrying in the central part. If I knew what they were mining or quarrying, then I would have a better starting point – as it is, the blue warehouse roofs point to east Asia which is no help at all.


  2. Something rather special is happening near the center of this image: geologists have put gold into the ground, rather than extracting it from the ground, and the reasoning for doing so should be remarked on in the description. Also, the light-colored rocks being quarried are limestone.


  3. That’s the place! Limestone deposits from the Tethys ocean record the first appearance of Clarkina wangi (base of the Changhsingian) and, with significant turnover in fossil assemblage, Hindeodus parvus (base of the Induan, Triassic, Mesozoic). If all the world’s a stage, here we have the curtain rising on the third act, marked by the entrance of a conodont (sort of like an eel).

    It is my understanding the most current U/Pb dating for the P-T extinction at Meishan is from Burgess and Bowring (2014), with an age of 251.947 +/- 0.037 Ma (which I believe includes all systematic and decay constant uncertainties).


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