Monday, September 3, 2012

Accretionary Wedge #49: It's just out of this world! Hollywood and the Cosmos

It's time for an Accretionary Wedge! Specifically Wedge #49, hosted by Dana at En Tequila es Verdad. The topic is essentially anything exogeologic, that is, beyond the confines of planet Earth. I'm taking the broadly interpreted topic and turning my contribution into a quiz.

Lots of Hollywood movies take place in space and on other planets, and since the director can't go to the other planets, locales on Earth have to suffice. As geologists know, there are landscapes on our planet that do a good job of looking otherworldly, and so geology became a central part of the movie plot.

Sooo....how well do you know your planet, and how well do you know sci-fi movies? Name as many localities as you can in the pictures below, and name the movies in which these landscapes starred.
1) Sand dunes and dark ridges in the distance....
2) A very deep valley in a dry place....
3) Very strange knobs of sandstone...
4) And more sandstone. All the action took place among the red rocks in the foreground. A famous captain bought it here....
5) A glacial lake and alpine peaks...
Picture by Doug Dolde (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ghosts_of_Trona.jpg)
and 6) Some strange towers of calcium carbonate...

And what places did I forget? What would you add to a quiz like this?
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