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Owens Valley from east of Big Pine, California by ahochstaedter

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Explore score
0.68 Gigapixels
Date added
Dec 31, 2011
Date taken
Aug 11, 2011

The Owens Valley forms the westernmost basin of the Basin and Range province and lies immediately east of the Sierra Nevada. Throughout the Quaternary it has been a center of volcanism and seismicity.

This view of Owens Valley, from a point east of Big Pine late on an August afternoon, shows the Sierra Nevada stretching down the western side of the valley. South is towards the left and north is towards the right. Crater Mountain, a Quaternary basaltic cinder cone and lava flow vent, is the dominant feature in the central middle ground. It is the northernmost eruptive center in the Big Pine Volcanic Field, additional edifices and features of which are visible towards the left.

Running right up the center of the valley is the Owens Valley Fault Zone, on which the 7.4 magnitude Lone Pine earthquake occurred in 1872. Although the low sun angle obscures much of the detail in this image, fault scarps of the Owens Valley Fault Zone, locally called the Fish Springs Fault, show up nicely across the valley on the near side of Crater Mountain.

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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0805 (Windows)
Panorama size: 680 megapixels (60600 x 11224 pixels)
Input images: 144 (24 columns by 6 rows)
Field of view: 81.1 degrees wide by 15.0 degrees high (top=10.5, bottom=-4.5)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: PENTAX
Camera model: PENTAX K-r
Image size: 4288x2848 (12.2 megapixels)
Capture time: 2011-08-11 18:13:01 - 2011-08-11 18:23:03
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure time: 0.0015625
ISO: 200
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 315.0 mm
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 40.6 to 44.1 percent
Vertical overlap: 40.4 to 41.8 percent
Computer stats: 8098.69 MB RAM, 8 CPUs
Total time 14:33 (6.1 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 4:35, Projection: 4:01, Blending: 5:57
(Preview finished in 11:12)

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