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Please help me identify landmarks

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Offline jasonmerlo

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Please help me identify landmarks
« on: March 05, 2016, 04:53:48 PM »


This was taken a couple days ago from the Burro Mesa Pouroff road at sunset. I would like to try and identify the landmarks if I can. Number 1 may be Black Mesa (not 100% sure), but I don't know about the rest. I guess either 2 or 3 is the Mesa de Anguila? Any help is appreciated.

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Offline mediopelo

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Re: Please help me identify landmarks
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2016, 05:03:40 PM »
My guess is that #1 is Peņa Mountain at Peņa's Jacal, and that the unmarked hills just to its right are the Rattlesnake Hills, all in the Park. Beautiful picture.

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Re: Please help me identify landmarks
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2016, 05:17:42 PM »
My guess is that #1 is Peņa Mountain at Peņa's Jacal, and that the unmarked hills just to its right are the Rattlesnake Hills, all in the Park. Beautiful picture.
thank you, I'm wondering then if 4 would be Sierra Aguja and 5 would be MDA? Sierra Ponce #3?

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Offline mediopelo

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Re: Please help me identify landmarks
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2016, 02:13:55 AM »
I meant Luna's Jacal, of course, and what I take to be the Rattlesnake Mountains are to the right of what I am guessing is Peņa Mountain, not to its right. I take #2 to be Sierra Ponce in Mexico and #3 to be Sierra Rica, beyond Lajitas in Mexico. If Sierra Aguja is the same as Needle Peak, I don't think it is visible. I could be completely turned around, of course. Others' contributions would be helpful.

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Re: Please help me identify landmarks
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2016, 06:48:59 AM »
It would help to know where on Burro Mesa Pouroff road.  Sure it's not on RMSD? 

Pretty sure that #1 is Sierra Aguja, #3 is MDA and #4 is near Lajitas Mesa

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Offline jasonmerlo

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Re: Please help me identify landmarks
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2016, 07:10:35 AM »
mule ears, about half way down between Ross maxwell and the big right turn.


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Re: Please help me identify landmarks
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2016, 04:29:21 PM »
After studying it more closely I think that #2 is MDA and #4 is the big mesa at Lajitas.

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Re: Please help me identify landmarks
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2016, 04:42:32 PM »
First off Jason, Great Photo!


Here are my guesses. :eusa_think:

The first thing I did was to reprocess the photo (I hope you don't mind Jason) to highlight the layers of ...ahhh...stuff (aka geologic features?).

(click on any pic to enlarge)


Then I complicated things (according to my wife, that's what I do) by adding some new labels and changing the label 3 to a new area.



Then I fired up the Google Earth and tried to find the view, and came up with this:



By zooming in on each feature several times, I'm fairly certain that I'm pretty close to on the money. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately depending on your view) not every feature has a name in this area of the world that is ripe with features. Below is what I plotted out on Google Earth. The red lines approximate the camera's field of view.



1. 8.8 miles distant,  and appears to be the second highest point in the Rattlesnake Mountains and lies just outside (approx. 450~460 feet) of the park boundary. (USGS Castolon Quad)
2. 17 miles distant, unnamed ridge, just out side of the park. Appears geologically speaking to be part of the MDA, but is not the NE ridge that helps define the saddle route up to the top of the MDA no matter how hard I tried to make it be. :icon_rolleyes:
3. Upon closer inspection this label was slightly ambiguous so I moved it to a lower ridge and added a new label at A. The ridge varies in distance (as most ridges do) and it is approx. 32.7 mile distant and is in Mexico.
4. 21.8 miles distant, and is Lajitas Mesa just above Lajitas.
5. 30.2 miles distant, and is a pointy end of a ridge that is just SW of Pt. 4444 In BBRSP (USGS Santana Mesa Quad)

A. is 41 miles distant and is a peak that I do not know the name of in Mexico.
B. 4.5 miles distant and just a reference point for me to find #1 and determine the approximate camera location so everything lined up right.
C. 9 miles distant and is the highest point in the Rattlesnake Mountains and is outside of the National Park.
D. 31 miles distant and is Pt. 4245 that sits high and just east over the southern entrance of Canyon Madera in BBRSP (USGS Santana Mesa Quad)
« Last Edit: September 02, 2016, 12:20:28 PM by fartymarty »
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Offline jasonmerlo

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Re: Please help me identify landmarks
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2016, 08:32:55 PM »
Well done sir, thank you very much.

 


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