Heres another chance to play geographical detective! This
Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) image covers an area
measuring approximately 320 kilometers x 260 kilometers, and was
captured by the instruments vertical-viewing (nadir) camera on October
NOTE: To make identification of this scene more difficult, the image
has been rotated such that north is not necessarily at the top.
Below are nine statements about the islands highlighted in this
image. Use any reference materials you like, and mark each statement
true or false:
1. There are no endemic species of cactus on any of the islands.
2. Flamingos, whose diets include crustaceans, tiny fish, and algae,
can be found wading in brackish lagoons.
3. A change in ocean temperature associated with an episodic
disruption in atmospheric circulation led to a precipitous decline in
the local penguin population.
4. Discovery of the islands is generally attributed to a 16th century
Spanish missionary whose vessel veered off its intended course.
5. A recurring and dramatic geological event took place on the
westernmost island in 1988, 1991 and 1995, causing injury or death to
over 2,000 people.
6. Several plant species are endangered due to decimation by goats
and competition with non-native vegetation.
7. Within the archipelago there are at least half a dozen freshwater
lakes with diameters exceeding 250 meters.
8. A particular endangered animal sub-species is survived by a single
male, and attempts at breeding have so far proved unsuccessful.
9. Chapter 13 of a book written in the mid-nineteenth century by a
native of Shrewsbury, England is primarily concerned with the islands of
Answers will be published on the MISR web site
(http://www-misr.jpl.nasa.gov) in conjunction with the next weekly image
release. 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 did not win a prize in the
last quiz will be sent a print of the image.
A new "Where on Earth...?" mystery appears as the MISR "image of the
week" approximately once per month. A new image of the week is released
every Wednesday at noon Pacific time on the MISR home page
http://www-misr.jpl.nasa.gov. The image also appears
on the Atmospheric Sciences Data Center home page, http://eosweb.larc.nasa.gov/, though
usually with a several-hour delay.