Where on Earth? - August 2010

Clues for August 2010:
1. This gorge has been a national park on its host island since 1962. The national park was designed as a refuge for mountain goats, once thought to be endemic to the island. Instead, the goats were likely brought by Bronze Age traders.
2. The hike through this gorge is a grueling 16 (or so) kilometers long, yet it remains one of the region’s most-visited tourist attractions. The hike starts at 1,200 meters elevation and ends at an azure sea with black sandy, rocky beaches.
3. Local legend holds this gorge formed when a “Titan” cut the land open with a knife; the king of the gods placed his throne at the top of the plateau. A geologist would say it was carved by glaciers and small rivers cutting through “pale,” steep mountains over the past 1.4 million years.
Name the gorge and its location.
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Answer: Samariá Gorge, a national park on the island of Crete in Greece, was carved by a river running through the White Mountains. At 16 kilometers long, the gorge is the longest in Europe, and is a refuge for the kri-kri, a Cretan goat. Photo by Megan Sever.
August winners
Debbie Booth (Milford, Del.)
Schuyler Bullock (Weatherford, Texas)
Edith Chasen-Cerreta (Woodhaven, N.Y.)
David Goldak (Andover, Kan.)
John J. Hebberger Jr. (Jackson, Wyo.)
Cara Heberling (Locust Grove, Va.)
Ralph L. Langenheim (Urbana, Ill.)
David McMullin (Wolfville, Nova Scotia)
Jim Sukup (Indianapolis, Ind.)
David Tomeo (Denali Park, Alaska)
 
 
 

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23 Aug 2010