Where on Earth? - February 2012

Clues for February 2012:
1. This site, located 125 kilometers southeast of a city nicknamed “City of Eternal Spring,” spans more than 300 square kilometers.
2. The site features spectacular karst pillars, standing 5 to 30 meters tall, which developed over 270 million years from the Permian to the present. In the Permian, the area was covered by a shallow sea; since then, wind and water have shaped the limestone ridges.
3. Signs along the site’s trails display some of the rocks’ quirky names, such as Camel Riding on an Elephant.
 
Name the site and its location.
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Answer: Stone Forest in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, features karst pillars that stand five to 30 meters tall. The structures developed over 270 million years from the Permian to the present. Photo is by Ben Babusis.

February winners
Michael Foster (Houston, Texas)
RJ Gauthier-Warinner (Interlochen, Mich.)
Richard E. A. Ipri (West Point, N.Y.)
Roy Spitzer (Longmont, Colo.)
Jeffrey T. Wilson (Northridge, Calif.)
 

To submit your photographs to our Where on Earth? contest, send them via e-mail to
earth@earthmagazine.org.

01 Feb 2012