Heres another chance to play geographical detective! This Multi-angle
Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) image covers an area of about 298
kilometers x 358 kilometers, and was captured by the instruments
vertical-viewing (nadir) camera on December 27, 2001. Use any reference
materials you like and answer the following five questions:
The large lagoon in the image is named for a particular type of bird.
Name the bird.
Note the sediment plume emanating from the southern end of the
lagoon. Sailors in the 16th century imagined this outlet to be the mouth
of a large river. What did they call the river?
A series of wave-like points and curls form cusps on the inner
shores of the lagoon. Which ONE of the following is most responsible for
the formation of these cusps?
Violent storm impacts on erosion and
Wind and tide-driven sediment transport and circulation
Tectonic folding associated with nearby mountain ridges
Bathymetric effects of dredging operations
True or false: Changes in regional precipitation associated with
large scale atmospheric circulation patterns have no effect on the
salinity of the lagoons water.
Which one of these is NOT distributed within the area covered by this
E-mail your answers, name (initials are acceptable if you prefer), and
your hometown by Tuesday, February 19, 2002 to
Answers will be published on the MISR web site
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
The image also appears on the Atmospheric
Sciences Data Center home page, http://eosweb.larc.nasa.gov, though
usually with a several-hour delay.