Where on Earth? - March 2012

Clues for March 2012:
1. The site contains the mineral bentonite, a clay material formed from volcanic ash and water. Wind and water eroded away much of the bentonite, sculpting ravines, caves and other elaborate rock formations.
2. Contrary to the site’s diminutive name, the site actually encompasses 1.3 square kilometers and is a stark contrast to the uniformity of surrounding mountain ranges. The site is located 64 kilometers west of a city that grew from the discovery and  development of oil, uranium and bentonite deposits.
3. The site was the backdrop for a scene in the movie “Starship Troopers” that took place on a fictional alien planet.
 
Name the site and its location.
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Answer: The ravines, caves and rock formations at Hell’s Half Acre, located 64 kilometers west of Casper, Wyo., formed from the erosion of bentonite, a clay material formed from volcanic ash and water. The site was the backdrop for a scene in the movie “Starship Troopers.” Photo is by Ken Von Buettner.
 
March winners
Susan Corbus (Sheridan, Wyo.)
Rene De Hon (San Marcus, Texas)
Jeff Kirtland (Bardon, Queensland, Australia)
Peter Steyn (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Elaine Winter (Woodland Hills, Calif.)
 
To submit your photographs to our Where on Earth? contest, send them via e-mail to
earth@earthmagazine.org.

 

01 Mar 2012