Where on Earth? - April 2010

Clues for April 2010:
1. Formed from limestone during the Mesozoic era, one of the massive round formations in this karst landscape displays a 120-meter-high mural.
2. Traditional methods of farming, such as for tobacco, are still practiced in this valley, which covers some 132 square kilometers.
3. Home to a number of rare species, this valley also hosts the world’s smallest living bird.
Name this valley and its location.
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Answer: Mesozoic-era “mogotes,” or rounded hills of limestone, dot the karst landscape of the Viñales Valley in western Cuba. The mogotes are remnants of limestone sedimentary layers that were uplifted and then eroded. In 1961, Leovigildo Gonzalez Morillo painted the brightly colored Mural de la Prehistoria on one of the hills, complete with ammonites and sauropods. Photo by David McMullin.
April winners
Warren Bleaney (Vancouver, British Columbia)
Claude E. Bolze (Sapulpa, Okla.)
Sandy Deiber (Carol Stream, Ill.)
Susantha Kumarapeli (Forest Lake, Australia)
Ann Proske (Lubbock, Texas)
Ron Rae (Daylesford, Australia)
William C. “Robbie” Robinson (Lubbock, Texas)
Richie Williams (Falmouth, Mass.)
Brett Wyckoff (Elk Grove, Calif.)
Debbie Ziegler (Hannibal, Mo.)
 
 
 

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23 Apr 2010