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July 22, 2005

Perversity? Displacement? Enlightenment? Wanderlust?

You tell me what it means when a satellite photo induces an overwhelming, visceral longing in me.

Bonus points to the first person who can say what this photo portrays. (Beware trickery!) Double super secret bonus points if you name a native beetle and edible-rooted endangered plant in the area covered by this photo.

And Ron is disqualified, because I already know she knows.

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It looks like the big island

Posted by: Roxanne at July 22, 2005 07:57 PM
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My guess is the mouth of an active volcano (either that or the red is vegetation rather than heat) -- though which one, I'm not sure (assuming I'm correct, and I'm prepared to be very wrong!). Recent activities at Mt. St. Helens?

Posted by: Elissa Malcohn at July 22, 2005 08:39 PM
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Well, you know it's somewhere in the neighborhood of baja california, because it's in the middle of the desert and it's south of the ruler-straight USA border. I had to cheat and do a search for volcanos in northern mexico to figure out what it is.

Embarrassingly for someone who lives 70 miles away from an erupting stratovolcano, I couldn't name more than about 5-6 of the volcanos that litter the western edge of North America.

Posted by: David Parsons at July 23, 2005 12:45 AM
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pinacate clowns eat sand food among the hia'ced o'odham in the papagueria

Posted by: Mike Lerch at July 23, 2005 07:03 AM
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I guessed Inyo Craters near Mono Lake, until I cheated by zooming out and looking at the big picture. And I still don't know what the thing is. I know where it is, but not what.

Posted by: Hank Fox at July 23, 2005 08:04 AM
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We're not in Kansas anymore, Toto.

Posted by: Mike Anderson at July 23, 2005 08:38 AM
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Click on "map" and Google says, "We could not understand the location kansas."

Neither could I, actually.

Posted by: Mike Anderson at July 23, 2005 08:40 AM
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I got as far as Parque Natural del Gran Desierto Pinacate in the Sonoran desert in Mexico, just south of the Arizona border, but I haven't got the faintest idea what we're looking at. Since I don't read Spanish, all I could get out of the park website were "unusual star dunes" and "lava streams"; "translate this page" gave me the following gem:
The reserve across uses a regional and international ample perspective when collaborating with protected areas adjacent of the border between Mexico and the United States --el National Monument Organ Pipe, the Natural Refuge of Wild Life Dark Head and the field of practices bombing Barry Goldwater -- in order that their activities of conservation have the greater possible impact.

Posted by: beth at July 23, 2005 10:21 AM
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Aha -- It all makes sense now -- It's the Barry Goldwater Bombing Range, and all those little brown things are bomb craters.

Posted by: Mike Anderson at July 23, 2005 02:45 PM
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not only can one zoom out, one can click on the "hybrid box in the upper right corner and get a map overlay. not that any of that helped me decipher the image.

Posted by: dread pirate roberts at July 23, 2005 03:00 PM
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How about:
"an area unique in all the world, with its moon like craters over a mile wide, lava tubes, 'moon-scapes', black pumice soil, cinder cones and sleeping volcanos.

Pinacate's Reserve currently encompasses over 600 square miles, 400 cinder cones caused by 'exploding volcanoes', along with tunnels, ash & rock that can be observed scattered for miles in the area." (http://www.puerto-penasco.com/pinacate.html)

Sounds like a place our Chris would like.

Posted by: beth at July 23, 2005 04:46 PM
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What? You don't think the Barry Goldwater Bombing Range would evoke a visceral longing in Chris?

Posted by: PZ Myers at July 24, 2005 12:00 PM
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A visceral longing for the days when US reactionary wingnuts were real, honorable people rather than the advance guard of our soon-to-be insectile overlords, perhaps.

Posted by: Chris Clarke at July 24, 2005 12:28 PM
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Tis a sad day when were alll sitting around thinking about the good ol Goldwater days, ain't it?

Uh, so what is this place?

Posted by: Roxanne at July 24, 2005 12:35 PM
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The answer is given in the next post.

Posted by: Chris Clarke at July 24, 2005 12:38 PM
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Really, Roxanne. Who would have thought those days would ever seem benign by comparison - not that they were.

Insectile - I like that, Chris.

Posted by: beth at July 25, 2005 07:43 AM
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