Where on Earth? - December 2011

Clues for December 2011:
1. This point is made of dark-colored volcanic rocks that were scraped from the Farallon Plate as it subducted under the North American Plate.
2. The napping geologist illustrates the name given to the area’s bulbous-shaped rocks.
3. A nearby bridge was, at the time of its construction, the world’s longest suspension bridge. A lighthouse at the tip of the point is a popular tourist attraction in this area.
 
Name the point and its location.
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Answer: Point Bonita, in the Marin Headlands near Sausalito, Calif., is made of dark-colored volcanic rocks that were scraped from the Farallon Plate as it subducted under the North American Plate. The napping geologist illustrates “pillow basalt,” the name given to the area’s bulbous-shaped rocks. Point Bonita Light, a lighthouse at the tip of the point, is a popular tourist attraction in this area. Photo is by Keith Meldahl.
 
December winners
David Goldak (Andover, Kan.)
Joshua Johnson (Washington, D.C.)
Walter North (Helena, Mont.)
Glen Pearson (Red Bluff, Calif.)
Glenn Sorensen (Barre, Vt.)
 

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01 Dec 2011