Where on Earth? - September 2017

by The American Geosciences Institute
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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Clues for September 2017:

  1. The view of this valley — from an overlook near the western tip of the Olokele Plateau — stretches nearly 5 kilometers out and 1.2 kilometers down to a shoreline that shares its name with the thin, fluted layers of basalt flanking the valley.

  2. Behind the overlook lies the highest swamp on Earth, which receives 1.8 meters of rainfall annually.

  3. A NASA geophysical observatory at the entrance of a nearby state park has been used to track manned spacecraft splashing down in the Pacific.

Name the valley and its host island.

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Answer: Pu’u O Kila Lookout gives visitors an expansive view of the Kalalau Valley on the Hawaiian island of Kauai . Nearby are Koke’e State Park and Alaka’i Swamp, the highest swamp in the world. Photo is by Mari Neubauer. September 2017 Winners: Cleet Carlton (Walnut Creek, Calif.) Andrea Ferguson (Nashville, Ind.) Brad Herbert (Tucson, Ariz.) Frank Mayer (Saratoga, Calif.) Jeni Williams (Riverside, Calif.)

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