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Rocky Mountain National Park Geology > Geological Oddity, Big Thompson Canyon, Colorado by Ron Schott

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Taken by
Ron Schott Ron Schott
Explore score
0.53 Gigapixels
Date added
Jul 11, 2010
Date taken
May 23, 2008

Canon Powershot S5 IS

GigaPan Beta Robot

geology, macro, nature, travel

When I first saw this sort of feature outcropping in a roadcut in Big Thompson Canyon, Colorado I thought they resesmbled dinosaur footprints. However, since these are found in Precambrian metamorphic rocks that is clearly not the case. In fact, this is probably some sort of metamorphosed concretion(?). This GigaPan is a macro, though I fear that I failed to include any useful scale.

This is one of a group of older sets of images that I shot for GigaPans but previously failed to stitch. This one was shot during the first FOFS conference, held in Estes Park, Colorado.

Wider views of this outcrop can be seen in these two GigaPans I shot the same day:
1) Big Thompson Canyon - North Wall - www.gigapan.org/gigapans/5433/
2) Folded Schists, Big Thompson Canyon - www.gigapan.org/gigapans/5437/

Gigapan Comments (2)

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  1. orbilia23

    orbilia23 (July 11, 2010, 11:10PM )

    Usually I place a small cm- or mm-scale onto the subject. Your Mainzelmännchen is maybe way too big?-).

  2. Richard Palmer

    Richard Palmer (July 11, 2010, 09:51PM )

    Lots of plaque buildup in those veins. ;^)

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0805 (Windows)
Panorama size: 527 megapixels (25364 x 20784 pixels)
Input images: 210 (14 columns by 15 rows)
Field of view: 1.5 degrees wide by 1.2 degrees high (top=0.1, bottom=-1.1)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Image size: 3264x2448 (8.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2008-05-23 11:20:06 - 2008-05-23 11:34:31
Aperture: f/4
Exposure time: 0.001
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 434.0 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 36.7 to 54.3 percent
Vertical overlap: 31.7 to 59.8 percent
Computer stats: 3069.98 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 31:08 (8.9 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 20:14, Projection: 1:50, Blending: 9:04
(Preview finished in 23:38)

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