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Salinas Valley and Monterey Bay from Laureles Grade, California by ahochstaedter

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Taken by
ahochstaedter ahochstaedter
Explore score
0.75 Gigapixels
Date added
Jan 14, 2012
Date taken
Jul 18, 2011

this panoramic shot from Laureles Grade shows many features of the lower Salinas Valley and Monterey Bay. the Laguna Seca race track and the surrounding Ft Ord Public Lands dominate the central foreground. Toro Park is situated in some of the low hills on the right. Directly beyond the race track is the town of Moss Landing, identified by the large smokestacks of its powerplant. This is the easternmost point of Monterey Bay. To the left (west) of Moss Landing is the town of Santa Cruz, obscured by the small fog bank. Beyond and to the right of the racetrack is the city of Salinas. The mountains on the horizon are the Santa Cruz Mountains on the left with the highest bump being Loma Prieta (famous for being close to the epicenter of the 1989 7.0 magnitude earthquake). On the right, the horizon mountains are the Gavilan Range, with the highpoint being Fremont Peak (named for John Fremont's visit in 1846). The low area between the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Gavilan Range is the Pajaro Gap, through which the Pajaro River (not visible) runs. Beyond the Pajaro Gap lies the Diablo Range, the last range of coastal mountains before the Central Valley to the east.

Laguna Seca, the Ft Ord Public Lands, and parts of the low hills in the right foreground are underlain by Plio-Pleistocene alluvial sediments that represent the erosion of the coat ranges during their uplift. Locally, these sediments are rich in granitic and continental metamorphic material characteristic of Salinian terranes. These poorly consolidated sediments erode into hoodoos, which can be seen by zooming in the area of the race track and in the right-most portion of the image just above the foreground trees. Beyond the low hills, the rich flood plains of the lower Salinas Valley, known for its artichoke production, stretch from the city of Salinas to Moss Landing. Ground water pumping has led to seawater intrusion into groundwater aquifers in this region.

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  1. Tim Zukas

    Tim Zukas (February 14, 2012, 07:18PM )

    Assumed camera position 36.54898N 121.75453W-- could be off be several meters.

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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0805 (Windows)
Panorama size: 746 megapixels (94452 x 7904 pixels)
Input images: 160 (40 columns by 4 rows)
Field of view: 63.0 degrees wide by 5.3 degrees high (top=1.9, bottom=-3.3)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: PENTAX
Camera model: PENTAX K-r
Image size: 4288x2848 (12.2 megapixels)
Capture time: 2011-07-18 15:10:10 - 2011-07-18 15:21:16
Aperture: f/9
Exposure time: 0.0025
ISO: 200
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 450.0 mm
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 43.1 to 48.4 percent
Vertical overlap: 40.4 to 43.8 percent
Computer stats: 8098.69 MB RAM, 8 CPUs
Total time 20:37 (7.7 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 6:00, Projection: 4:28, Blending: 10:09
(Preview finished in 12:43)

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