Earth Matters

June Puzzler

June 26th, 2023 by Lindsey Doermann

Update on July 5, 2023: This puzzler image shows Germany’s Jasmund National Park on the island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea. Congratulations to Holger Wille for being the first reader to correctly identify the image. Read more about the location in our Image of the Day story.

Every month on Earth Matters, we offer a puzzling satellite image. The June 2023 puzzler is shown above. Your challenge is to use the comments section to tell us where it is, what we are looking at, and why it 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 offer details about what satellite and instrument produced the image, what spectral bands were used to create it, or what is compelling about some obscure feature. If you think something is interesting or noteworthy, tell us about it.

The prize. We cannot offer prize money or a trip on the International Space Station, but we can promise you credit and glory. Well, maybe just credit. Within a 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. 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 have 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.

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

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14 Responses to “June Puzzler”

  1. CB says:

    It is an island with two entrance points from the mainland. The land must be fertile as it looks like farming. I have no idea where this is. This is my first time on this site. Interesting.

  2. Holger Wille says:

    The picture shows the Jasmund peninsula, which includes the National Park Jasmund, on the island of Rügen in Germany. The National Park is recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Site for its ancient and primeval beech forrest, but is also known for its chalk cliffs, and beaches which border the Baltic Sea. Chalk is also mined at sites recognizable by their white color.

  3. Michael says:

    This is the Jasmund peninsula on Rügen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. It is home to the Jasmund Nationalpark and huge chalk cliffs, which are the largest outcrop in northern Germany. The outcrop is still sibject to erosion by the ocean, so the peninsula’s face is constantly changing. The chalk cliffs are of geological interest because they expose formations that may not be found elsewhere.

  4. Anthony Burns says:

    i would say Jasmund National Park in germany to monitor the erosion on chalk cliffs?

  5. Dan Taylor says:

    This is the island of Rugen, Germany in the Baltic sea. The large forest to the northeast is Jasmund National Park. Sassnitz is the port town in the southeast and operates a harbor a bit further down the island as well.

  6. Karen Galloway says:

    Northern Japan-Sea of Japan, Pacific Ocean and Sea of Okhotsk. The land cleared and buildings created. Outposts perhaps??

  7. Jansen Ludger says:

    Wo’s sattelte Puzzleteile is:
    Fisher village Polchow on Island of Rügen in my „Good Old Germany“
    The area is welk known because of his famous Chalk coast.
    By the way, fresh Fish-Restaurants and wonderful areas to walk with your dogs.

  8. Benjamin Martinez says:

    South east Asia
    Viet Nam

  9. Gerd Woelbling says:

    It is a part of the Island of Rügen, namely the port of Mukran/ Sassnitz, where 2 LNG FSRUS are meant to be deployed soon to feed via a newly build pipeline Natural gas in the former beach stations for Russian natural gas in Lubmin close to Greifswald.
    Rügen is well known for its famous White cliffs, the Königsstuhl as well as forests and great (pebble) beaches and the Northeastern tip of Germany.
    It has been also referred to the bath tub of Berlin since the time, when German kings and Kaiser spent their summer recreation there.

  10. K. Michael Marquardt says:

    The image shows the island of Ruegen in the Southern Baltic sea with the ports of Sassnitz and Mukran.
    Interesting Island composed of chalk with extensive inner fjords.

  11. Maria Estela Martins says:

    Jasmund National Park in Germany

  12. Bruegger Martin says:

    Hi, this image shows the Jasmund National Park in Germany.
    According to a recent study, the European beech forests, such as those in the Jasmund National Park, are particularly vulnerable to climate change. The study demonstrates that reduced precipitation and rising temperatures could influence the growth of beech forests in parts of Europe, even causing, in the long term, the disappearance of part of these unique European forests.

    Kind regards

  13. ELEGY says:

    Something to do with the white colored portions in the center of image. Is this a lithium mine? Maybe in Indonesia or Malaysia?

  14. Rafael Ruiz says:

    Parece ser la Reserva natural del Parque Nacional de Jasmund en la parte penisular del norte la Isla Rugën, donde se encuentran los escapados crestácicos mas grandes de Alemania.