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Andean Geology > Cerrito Garuma (Atacama Desert, Chile) by Jen Piatek

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Jen Piatek Jen Piatek
Explore score
0.31 Gigapixels
Date added
Dec 19, 2008
Date taken
Nov 28, 2008

GigaPan w/Canon SD850


(at least, that's the best guess I can make for the name of these peaks from Google Earth).

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  1. Trey Smith

    Trey Smith (January 25, 2009, 01:32PM )

    Cerrito Garuma is what Guillermo Chong called it. During Life in the Atacama, somebody misread a map and everybody called it "Pampa Nevada" for the rest of the project. I could never convince them to use the right name. The name comes from the garuma seabird. They leave their eggs in the hills to avoid predators. In a certain season, all the fledglings fly for the ocean and a lot don't make it. We saw that once... It was kind of sad. (The mining camp cats didn't mind.) Guillermo also mentioned that in hard times the locals were sometimes forced to forage for garuma eggs in the hills. But they loved the birds and didn't want to kill them off, so they would only eat eggs that were already dead. They tested by dropping the eggs in water -- the live ones sank and were put back.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3509 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 311 megapixels (46370 x 6726 pixels)
Input images: 125 (25 columns by 5 rows)
Field of view: 200.2 degrees wide by 29.0 degrees high (top=16.9, bottom=-12.2)
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Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Image size: 3264x2448 (8.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2008-11-28 11:59:56 - 2008-11-28 12:10:16
Aperture: f/5.5
Exposure time: 0.0015625
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 140.4 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 44.0 to 47.1 percent
Vertical overlap: 55.3 to 57.4 percent
Computer stats: 1024 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 1:23:57 (0:40 per picture)
Alignment: 4:40, Projection: 6:57, Blending: 1:12:19

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