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South Yuba River and Alpha Omega Diggins by Zeke Lunder

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Zeke Lunder Zeke Lunder
Explore score
0.21 Gigapixels
Date added
Oct 14, 2010
Date taken
Oct 13, 2010

View from Highway 20 overlook. Near the barren dirt bluffs in the center of the image were the gold mining towns of Alpha and Omega, established in the early 1850s.

During this time, Yuba River water was diverted into canals and flumes which were used for both small-scale 'placer mining' and 'hydraulic mining' - which used huge nozzles to wash entire hillsides through sluice boxes in the search for gold. Hydraulic mining created these scars, still visible almost 150 years later. The 'diggins', engulfed most of the original townsites.

The Alpha and Omega diggins were one of the largest hydraulic mining operations in the Sierra Nevada. Debris washed into the rivers by these and other mines caused flooding in the Sacramento Valley along the Lower Yuba River, and mercury used in the sluicing process still contaminates many of the areas where the 'tailings' (debris) accumulated.

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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0804 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 213 megapixels (22624 x 9456 pixels)
Input images: 66 (11 columns by 6 rows)
Field of view: 60.7 degrees wide by 25.4 degrees high (top=3.6, bottom=-21.8)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot G7
Image size: 3648x2736 (10.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-10-13 15:24:02 - 2010-10-13 15:29:32
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.003125
ISO: unknown
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 210.9 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 27.2 to 64.0 percent
Vertical overlap: 37.5 to 61.4 percent
Computer stats: 4096 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 8:06 (7.4 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 2:46, Projection: 42 seconds, Blending: 4:38
(Preview finished in 4:16)

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