Where on Earth? - June 2012

Clues for June 2012:
1. Across the north bay of this harbor, which formed at the end of the last ice age, hills give way to a nonvolcanic mountain range that formed when the Juan de Fuca Plate subducted below the North American Plate.
2. The harbor is located along the coast of a state that saw an “irruption” — a sudden upsurge in numbers that upsets the ecological balance of a region — of snowy owls earlier this year, possibly driven south from the Arctic in search of food after a successful breeding season.
3. In 1988*, the Nestucca barge spilled 231,000 gallons of fuel oil into the water off the coast of this harbor — one of the major spills that led the state to implement a spill prevention and response program.
 
Name the harbor and its location.
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Answer: Grays Harbor formed at the end of the last ice age along the coast of Washington, which earlier this year experienced an irruption of snowy owls, one of which appears in the photo. In 1988,* the Nestucca barge spilled 231,000 gallons of fuel oil into the water off the coast of the harbor. Photo is courtesy of Ben Babusis.

*EARTH incorrectly printed the year as 1998 in our June issue. We apologize for the error.

June winners
Richard Carlton (Dublin, Ohio)
Karen Peterson (Anchorage, Alaska)
Charlie Roll (Gansevoort, N.Y.)
Joe St. Martin (Mystic, Conn.)
David Swanson (Fairbanks, Alaska)
 
To submit your photographs to our Where on Earth? contest, send them via e-mail to
earth@earthmagazine.org.

 

01 Jun 2012