Earth Matters

March 2018 Puzzler

March 21st, 2018 by Mike Carlowicz

Every month on Earth Matters, we offer a puzzling satellite image. The March 2018 puzzler is above. Your challenge is to use the comments section to tell us what we are looking at and why this place is interesting.

How to answer. You can use a few words or several paragraphs. You might simply tell us the location. 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 feature in the image. If you think something is interesting or noteworthy, tell us about it.

The prize. We can’t offer prize money or a trip to Mars, but we can promise you credit and glory. Well, maybe just credit. Roughly one week after a puzzler image appears on this blog, we will post an annotated and captioned version as our Image of the Day. After we post the answer, we will acknowledge the first person to correctly identify the image at the bottom of this blog post. We also may recognize readers who offer the most interesting tidbits of information about the geological, meteorological, or human processes that have shaped the landscape. Please include your preferred name or alias with your comment. If you work for or attend an institution that you would like to recognize, please mention that as well.

Recent winners. If you’ve won the puzzler in the past few months or if you work in geospatial imaging, please hold your answer for at least a day to give less experienced readers a chance to play.

Releasing Comments. Savvy readers have solved some puzzlers after a few minutes. To give more people a chance to play, we may wait between 24 to 48 hours before posting comments.

Good luck!

10 Responses to “March 2018 Puzzler”

  1. Erik says:

    This would be the elongated atoll of Nikumaroro Island or Gardner Island which is in the Pacific Ocean. Note the abundant vegetation!

  2. J Thomas says:

    Nikumaroro Island, Kiribati where pilot Amelia Earhart might have crashed in July 1937.

  3. Tom Patterson says:

    Nikumaroro, aka Amelia’s Island.

  4. Dan Mahr says:

    This coral atoll is Nikumaroro in the Pacific Ocean, part of Kiribati around lat/lon -4.67, -174.52. It’s not populated, but there is speculation that Amelia Earhart may have crashed and been lost. I figured out the location via a Google image search of “pacific ocean atoll”.

  5. Jerry van de Hoef says:

    This is Nikumaroro Island, which is an Atoll. It is believed that remains of Emelia Earhardt were found on this uninhabited Atoll in the Western Pacific.

  6. Eddie says:

    Phoenix Islands

  7. yousef says:

    This would be Nikumaroro Island in Pacific Ocean.

  8. Camilla says:

    Bikini Atoll? Hbomb test site?

  9. Red says:

    Nikumaroro atoll – It is one of the most famous patches of coral outside of the Great Barrier Reef. Though uninhabited today, Nikumaroro atoll is noteworthy for someone who likely had a short and ill-fated residence there: Amelia Earhart.

  10. Nick says:

    I don’t think so