Earth Matters

Earth Week Puzzler #5

April 26th, 2013 by Adam Voiland


Each month, Earth Observatory offers up a puzzling satellite image here on Earth Matters. In celebration of Earth Month 2013, we’re upping the ante. We are going to release a new puzzler image every day this week.  The fifth image is above. Your challenge is to use the comments section to tell us what part of the world we are looking at, when the image was acquired, and why the scene is interesting. We’ll post the answer to all five puzzlers at 6 p.m. EST on Friday, April 26. 

How to answer. Your answer can be a few words or several paragraphs. (Try to keep it shorter than 200 words). You might simply tell us what part of the world an image shows. Or you can dig deeper and explain what satellite and instrument produced the image, what spectral bands were used to create it, or what is compelling about some obscure speck in the far corner of an image. If you think something is interesting or noteworthy, tell us about it.

The prize. We can’t offer prizes, but we can promise you credit and glory (well, maybe just credit). Later this week when we post annotated and captioned versions of the puzzler images as our Image of the Day, we will acknowledge the people who were first to correctly ID the images. We’ll also recognize people who offer the most interesting tidbits of information. Please include your preferred name or alias with your comment. If you work for an institution that you want us to recognize, please mention that as well.

Recent winners. If you’ve won the puzzler in the last few months, look at this week as a new challenge — can you get all five image locations?

Good luck!

11 Responses to “Earth Week Puzzler #5”

  1. Brittman says:

    -Franca, oeste de París.

  2. Eric C says:

    hmmmm… this one is a bit harder! Looks like somewhere in Europe, from the configuration of the agricultural fields. In North America, they are layed out in a much more regular pattern, rectangles that have been divided and subdivided, but still in a regular grid pattern. In Europe, agricultural fields tend to follow the topography and river valleys which are very apparent in this image. At first, I thought it looked like a burn scar, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Forested fields, or some other dark colored crop growing in this area, but I’m not sure what!

  3. Christina Stiefel says:

    Found it! Woohoo!
    I thought it was a vineyard all morning. I finally figured it was orchards and happened upon it poking around the UK. 🙂

  4. Christina Stiefel says:

    Thanks, y’all. 🙂

  5. Ali-Ebrahim says:

    Hello mam&sir.
    i wath know under ground water around of disert in Iran?

    Ithing satelit no.12 has finded its.

  6. Manuela says:

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