Got another one! This brings my WoGE tally to a grand total of … 2 🙂 The first one (#296) that I won was the impetus for starting off the shelf edge (link), so I guess I owe it all to WoGE! I generally don’t even see the WoGE, but #332 was tweeted right when I was checking my feed, and I thought to myself, “I bet that is somewhere in the mining district of northern Chile.” So I went and flew around, and bam! found the Salar de Atacama – Florian Jenn from EffJot says:
This is the Salar (salt flat) de Atacama, where lithium-rich brines are pumped from the underground and evaporated in these pools. The extreme aridity (therefore high evaporation) of the area makes lithium salt production cheaper here. It is one of the major lithium producers of the world. (But also potassium and boron salts are found here.)
I couldn’t say it better myself! These mining operations have exploded in the past 10 or so years as hybrid cars have become more common, needing lots of lithium for batteries. I have also shown y’all some other (potash) evaporation pools from Utah (see this post about halfway down). They are awesome, and very photogenic (see Ron Schott’s photos)
Florian and Felix have been chomping at the bit for 333 to come out, and it seems there is Roman historical significance to the number 333. Sorry to disappoint, gents, but for WoGE #333, I present you a nice modern coastal depositional system, not Roman runis 🙂 I have been working with a guy for about a year now that is an expert in coastal sedimentary geology, and he is always looking through Google Earth for cool modern rivers and coastlines. This one I don’t think he has seen, but he will like it. I will leave the description of this system to the winner, but there is a plethora of warring depositional processes going on here.
For a description what WoGE is, see Felix Bossert’s blog and for WoGE ‘stratigraphy’, see Ron Schott’s KML. Schott rule invoked – former winners have to wait until posting for 1 hour for each WoGE they got right.
The scale bar is 3 km, and an important note: the top of the image is not north, but about 340 (NW) – i.e., north is pointing close to the upper right hand corner of the image. Not a lot of rotation, but enough to warrant the note.
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