Where on Earth...? MISR Mystery Image Quiz #24
Welcome back to another chance to play geographical detective! MISR is proud to be re-introducing these quizzes on a periodic basis.
This image was acquired by the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) and represents an area of about 368 kilometers and 373 kilometers. North is at the top. Most of the landmass falls within a named geographic region. This region is defined by its political boundaries within a larger country, and may be a state, a province, a department, or similar entity. These questions refer to this geographic region. You may use any reference materials you like to answer them.
From the statements below, please indicate which ones are True or False:
1. Although rich in many natural resources, excessive mining during the previous century has nearly depleted the natural supply of gold in this region.
2. Within the mountainous area in the southwest quadrant of this image is a location noted for religious worship that has continued for several millennia.
3. Sedimentation and industrial pollution in the river whose outlet is near the top of the image has dampened the economy of this region due to the resulting dramatic reduction in shipping.
4. The name of one of the major cities in this region -- also the name of a brand of beer -- evokes a verdant locale; a nearby winery is noted for its prize-winning Chardonnay.
5. Rapid population development, as seen in the rim areas, has resulted in the proliferation of Phragmites australis, raising international concerns over the deterioration of the local ecosystem.
6. The delta mouth formed by the large sediment-laden river in the image is an example of a well preserved wetland ecosystem, and is used as a "transfer station" for millions of migrating birds, including several rare species.
7. A city located within the pictured region is the site of a major oilfield and is one of the world's leading producers of rubber tires.
Send us your answers, name (initials are acceptable if you prefer), and your hometown by the quiz deadline of Tuesday, November 2, 2010
, using the Quiz answer form
. Answers will be published on the MISR web site. The names and home towns of respondents who answer all questions correctly by the deadline will also be published in the order responses were received. The first 3 people on this list who are not affiliated with NASA, JPL, or MISR and who have not previously won a prize will be sent a print of the image.
A new "Where on Earth...?" mystery will appear periodically. The image also appears on the Earth Observatory, http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/
, and on the Atmospheric Sciences Data Center home pages, http://eosweb.larc.nasa.gov/
, though usually with a several-hour delay.
Credit: Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL, MISR Team
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Text acknowledgement: Karen Yuen and Amber Jenkins, JPL