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April 13, 2008

What Is It? An Alluvial Fan.

A beautiful sea fan? That was my first thought. Venture your guess in the comments and I'll post the answer in a couple of days.

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Update: I meant to post the answer the very next day. . . but this week has been a bear! As Candace, A and Allison said, this is an alluvial fan in Xinjiang Province, China. "Covering an area 56.6 x 61.3 km and taken on may 2nd, 2002, this photo shows an alluvial fan that formed on the southern border of the Taklimakan Desert in China. An alluvial fan usually forms as water leaves a canyon, each new stream eventually closing up due to sediment - the result being a triangle of active and inactive channels. The blue ones on the left are currently active"

I think it is beautiful and makes me wonder and the glories of Creation.

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My Guess: Alluvial Fan as seen from a satellite. Probably with some GIS enhancement.

-A

Posted by: A at April 5, 2008 10:03 PM

Hi TulipGirl,
wanted to stop by and say HI, and thank you for stopping by my website earlier...
I saw this fun "Guessing Game" and wanted to venture a guess....
it looks to me like a waterfall, cascading down a mountain...
Deanne

Posted by: Deanne at April 5, 2008 11:02 PM

One of Charles Wallace's sick mitochondria? :)

Posted by: Brian at April 6, 2008 01:13 AM

Rock?

Posted by: ukrainiac at April 6, 2008 02:05 AM

Don't know, but it looks like a satellite image.

Posted by: Carol at April 6, 2008 09:02 AM

I agree it looks like a satellite image of an alluvial fan. The numerous tributaries are perhaps streams coming down a mountain and if that is the case half of it's tributaries are dry...sad.

Posted by: Candace at April 6, 2008 02:40 PM

A satellite image

Posted by: SouthernBell at April 7, 2008 10:01 AM

I have no clue, but it's fascinating to look at....

If I was pressed, I'd go with the inside of a rock...

Posted by: Shanna at April 7, 2008 02:34 PM

Looks like a waterfall. The rock...I don't know, sandstone? something very similar? That's as good as I can do :)

Posted by: Olya at April 8, 2008 08:36 PM

A used air filter?

Posted by: Tim's Mom at April 8, 2008 11:41 PM

I think it looks like either a close-up of an air filter or a satellite image of a river delta (like everyone else has said).

Posted by: Allison at April 9, 2008 05:31 AM

Oh dear...a beautiful picture but I'm not even going to try to guess what it is! I'm curious though and look forward to you disclosing!:)

Posted by: Susanna Rose at April 10, 2008 10:31 AM

I think it looks like the inside of a geode.

Posted by: Amy at April 10, 2008 12:24 PM

mold? :)

Posted by: meggan at April 10, 2008 02:13 PM

The inside of a rock? Very pretty!

Posted by: Jennifer in OR at April 11, 2008 02:37 AM

It wouldn't be snow, would it?

Posted by: Karen at April 12, 2008 11:59 AM

I have no patience, none at all.

I admit my weakness.

Now, what is the picture of?? [grin]

Posted by: Shanna at April 13, 2008 12:50 PM

Cool....:)

Posted by: Shanna at April 14, 2008 09:39 PM


 
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