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Landscape challenge #4
Antelope Canyon, Arizona, US

This lifetime field list of geologic sites were intended for geologists, but we see no reason why landscape architects cannot appropriate it as a pedagogical tool. So copy and paste, add a tick box besides each item, and off you go.

No doubt this will take decades to complete, but fear not, Pruned will still be here in the next century and beyond to oversee this challege. Be sure to send journal notes, photographs, hospital injury reports, death certificates, etc.

An erupting volcano.

A glacier, preferably continental.

An active geyser.

The Cretaceous/Tertiary (KT) boundary a.k.a. the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) boundary.

A river whose discharge is above bankful stage.

A limestone cave.

An open pit mine.

A subsurface mine. (Bonus point if partly on fire.)

An ophiolite.

An anorthosite complex.

A slot canyon.


An exfoliation dome.

A layered igneous intrusion.

Coastlines along the leading and trailing edge of a tectonic plate.

A ginkgo tree.

Landscape challenges #1, #2 and #3

  • xenmate
  • July 14, 2006 at 3:32:00 AM CDT
  • Alexander, I am getting a 404 error on "varves".

  • e-tat
  • July 14, 2006 at 6:51:00 AM CDT
  • Surely we can come up with the designed equivalents, and then some. Since they started with 16, what quarter, or multiple thereof, can we contrive today?

  • Alexander Trevi
  • July 14, 2006 at 11:33:00 AM CDT
  • xenmate: Link corrected.

    and e-tat: The geologic list has the advantage of having already been conceived, researched, and published. And most importantly, it was done by someone else. We are, after all, still working on our tan.

    But yes, an equivalent list of designed landscapes sounds fantastic. Your challenge for today. Or for that matter any of our readers.

  • e-tat
  • July 15, 2006 at 8:40:00 AM CDT
  • Right then. Given the importance of tanning, the first item on the list should be a world-class tanning garden. Given all of the available quallities and characteristics of a good tanning environment, we need to identify which place features more of those characteristics than any other, and which place has the best possible combination (i.e. quality over quantity)?

    Characteristics include: lots o' sunshine, good exposure, nice scenery (including other tanners), always room to spread a towel, ease of access, lots of other things to do as break from the tanning routine, including proximity to major cultural sites, and good vending services.

    I suppose that any number of tropical islands come to the fore on this basis, but maybe it's possible that someplace like the Tiergarten would rate.

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