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Geology of Antarctica > Torgersen Island Adélie Penguins and Chicks by Palmer Station

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Palmer Station Palmer Station
Explore score
0.11 Gigapixels
Date added
Jan 18, 2012
Date taken
Jan 16, 2012

Adélie penguins and chicks on Torgersen Island, in the vicinity of Palmer Station, Antarctica. There has been a significant decline, about 85%, in the number of Adélie penguins in this area - from over 15,000 breeding pairs 35 years ago, to fewer than 3,000 pairs and falling today. The decline of this ice-dependent species is thought to be linked to the effects of the West Antarctic Peninsula's rapidly warming climate on sea-ice conditions, snow accumulation and prey availability. Gigapan photo composed of 27 pictures shot on January 16, 2012 by Paul Queior and Natalie Harr on behalf of Dr. Rick Lee's "bugger" science team B-256-P which studies the wingless midge under NSF/OPP Award 0837559, and in support of their educational outreach program with Crestwood Local School District in Ohio.

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GigaPan Stitch version 1.2.0087 (Windows)
Panorama size: 106 megapixels (18876 x 5640 pixels)
Input images: 27 (9 columns by 3 rows)
Field of view: 102.6 degrees wide by 30.6 degrees high (top=16.9, bottom=-13.8)
Vignette correction off
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Image size: 3456x2592 (9.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2012-01-16 14:35:07 - 2012-01-16 14:37:39
Aperture: f/4 - f/5
Exposure time: 0.0008
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 107.9 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 43.4 to 44.9 percent
Vertical overlap: 40.6 to 42.1 percent
Computer stats: 3511.22 MB RAM, 4 CPUs
Total time 1:38 (3.6 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 39 seconds, Projection: 12 seconds, Blending: 47 seconds
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