Welcome back to another chance to play geographical detective!
This image was taken by the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR), and represents an area of about 1800 kilometers by 900 kilometers. Please note that due North may not be at the top of the page. These questions refer to a landmark, area or province within the pictured region. Please answer the questions below and tell us where on Earth you think the location is. You may use any reference materials you like to answer the quiz.
From the statements below, please indicate which are TRUE and which are FALSE.
1. Located within the lower third of the image is a dramatic landmark that has lain dormant for thousands of years.
2. The southwest part of the region pictured overlooks a capital city.
3. This area was once rich in biodiversity. However, urbanization over the past several decades has reduced the wealth of flora and fauna in the region by nearly 30 percent.
4. One of the seven natural wonders of the world lies to the northeast of this region, less than a week away by car.
5. The highest point in this region, located near the peninsula shown in the image, was first successfully climbed in the 16th century, according to records.
6. The country in which this region is located is home to one of the world's largest (by volume) rivers.
7. On the west coast of the region pictured lies a World Heritage Site surrounded by water.
What location is shown in this image?
Send us your answers, name (initials are acceptable if you prefer), and your hometown by the quiz deadline of Wednesday, August 3, 2011, using the Quiz answer form. Answers will be published on the MISR web site. The names and home towns of respondents who answer all questions correctly by the deadline will also be published in the order responses were received. The first 3 people on this list who are not affiliated with NASA, JPL, or MISR and who have not previously won a prize will be sent a print of the image.
A new "Where on Earth...?" mystery will appear periodically. The image also appears on the Earth Observatory, http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/, and on the Atmospheric Sciences Data Center home pages, http://eosweb.larc.nasa.gov/, though usually with a several-hour delay.
Photo credit: NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL, MISR Team