Where on Earth? - June 2014

Clues for June 2014:

1.  This crescent-shaped island is about 42 kilometers long, just 1.5 kilometers at its widest, and sits about 175 kilometers offshore of its host country. It is thought to have formed initially as a result of Pleistocene glaciers piling debris near the edge of the continental shelf when sea levels were much lower than today, although the exact timing and details of the process remain unclear.
 

2.  Essentially a large sandbar featuring long beaches, undulating  sand dunes and freshwater ponds, the island is home to more than 190 plant species — the roots of which help preserve the dunes — and a variety of wildlife, including migratory birds, gray seals and about 400 feral horses.

3. The island’s remote location, striking scenery and infamous history as the site of more than 350 recorded shipwrecks have made it a popular location for artists, authors and filmmakers. And as of 2013, it is its host country’s newest national park.

 

Name the island and its host country.

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Answer: Nova Scotia’s crescent-shaped Sable Island sits about 175 kilometers off the Canadian coast and is thought to have formed initially as a result of Pleistocene glaciers piling debris near the edge of the North American continental shelf. Today, the remote island is home to an impressive array of wildlife, including about 400 feral horses; it became Canada’s newest national park in 2013. Photo is by David McMullin.

June Winners:
Lisa Cozzetti (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Rene De Hon (Canyon Lake, Texas)
Maureen Leshendok (Sparks, Nev.)
Jim Patterson (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada)
John Williams (Sacramento, Calif.)
 

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

 

 

31 May 2014