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Barnacle by Molly Gibson

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About This Gigapan

Taken by
Molly Gibson Molly Gibson
Explore score
0.30 Gigapixels
Date added
Jul 07, 2009
Date taken
Jul 06, 2009

This is a small barnacle on the shell of a crab found washed up on big river beach in Mendocino, you can see the crab shell around the base of the barnacle. The barnacle is sitting next to a slightly larger barnacle which you can see part of on the right side of the picture. It is magnified 800x using a scanning electron microscope, and the image is composed of 384 pictures.

This Gigapan is part of the NanoGigaPan project. Which is working to take large pictures of very small things.

Read more on the project blog at nanogigapan.blogspot.com Will open in a new tab or window
and see more of our work on the gigapan site at gigapan.org/profiles/mollyg

Gigapan Comments (7)

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  1. Jost Jahn

    Jost Jahn (July 30, 2011, 03:56AM )

    Greast work. So many dead lives...

  2. Rich Gibson

    Rich Gibson (June 01, 2011, 11:05AM )

    Doing a rough calculation, there are about 8 pixels per micron in this image.

  3. Paul Heckbert

    Paul Heckbert (November 14, 2010, 06:34AM )

    This gigapan is on display in the Gigapixel Imaging for Science Gallery Show, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, November 2010. See it in the gallery space at gigapan.org/gigapans/64744/ .

  4. Maybe Later

    Maybe Later (April 23, 2010, 06:46AM )

    I saw this image a while back and noticed that the barnacle was about to chow down on its lunch, have a look: omg.wthax.org/barnaclechz_copy.jpg  Will open in a new tab or window

  5. Gary Varney

    Gary Varney (July 15, 2009, 10:21AM )

    The organisms lodged in the barnacle are diatoms. These alga have a cell wall of silica and are one of the most common organisms in phytoplankton of the oceans (fresh water, as well). Because the cell walls are so persistent, they readily sink and have formed deposits which are mined (diatomaceous earth) for swimming pool filters and a natural pesticide (the silica damages insect exoskeletons and they die of dehydration) .

  6. Stoney Vintson

    Stoney Vintson (July 08, 2009, 11:26PM )

    Rich pointed me to this SEM gigapan. It is really fantastic. I remember studying some of the smaller creatures in general biology, but of course I cannot remember the names. This really has some cool textures and symmetry. Thanks for working hard at scanning and photographing all of these subjects. I really enjoy looking at them.

  7. Rose White

    Rose White (July 07, 2009, 11:25AM )

    Stellar. One of the most fantastic things I've ever seen -- I feel utterly lost in looking at it. I understand that this project is helping Science, of course, but it has totally gone straight over into Art, as far as I am concerned.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.4087 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 299 megapixels (16617 x 18001 pixels)
Input images: 384 (16 columns by 24 rows)
Field of view: 1.0 degrees wide by 1.0 degrees high (top=1.0, bottom=-0.0)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: unknown
Camera model: unknown
Image size: 1280x1040, 1280x960 (1.2 megapixels - 1.3 megapixels)
Capture time: unknown
Aperture: unknown
Exposure time: unknown
ISO: unknown
Focal length (35mm equiv.): unknown
White balance: unknown
Exposure mode: unknown
Horizontal overlap: 19.9 to 26.8 percent
Vertical overlap: 15.6 to 31.4 percent
Computer stats: 2048 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 42:25 (0:06 per picture)
Alignment: 20:43, Projection: 3:52, Blending: 17:49

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