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Corridor H West Virginia > Anticline/Syncline Pair Patterson Creek Mountain Anticline WV55 North Side by Alan Pitts

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Alan Pitts Alan Pitts
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0.27 Gigapixels
Date added
Apr 16, 2012
Date taken
Apr 14, 2012

This outcrop is located along the new portions of West Virginia Route 55 west of the town of Moorefield. This outcrop is the on the north side of rt 55 and matches a gigapan set taken from the opposite side of highway:

This example of tectonic folding is seen in Silurian/Devonian limestones siltstones and shales (likely) from the Tonoloway Formation. Geologists interpret this sequence of rocks as evidence of a period of tectonic peace during the middle of the paleozoic.
View of camera is looking roughly south. Deformation of these passive margin sediments occured long after deposition in the Alleghenian Orogeny when Africa crashed into the North American Plate to form Pangea

Image made as part of the Mid Atlantic Geo-Imagery Collection (MAGIC)

Gigapan Comments (2)

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  1. StereoSpace

    StereoSpace (October 27, 2015, 08:07PM )

    Other than the axis of the syncline being the topographic high, you would never guess the underlying geological structure from looking at the slope. Also, as David Rogers often repeats, the weathered zone is highly undulating. It is not apparent from the topology. In this case, you could probably piece it together from a line of 50'-center borings.

  2. StereoSpace

    StereoSpace (October 27, 2015, 07:56PM )

    The overall topology has a classic William Morris Davis 'slope in equilibrium' sine wave type shape.

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GigaPan Stitch version 2.0.0500 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 267 megapixels (35032 x 7636 pixels)
Input images: 52 (13 columns by 4 rows)
Field of view: 135.4 degrees wide by 29.5 degrees high (top=18.1, bottom=-11.4)
Vignette correction on: c1=-0.000366 c2=-0.000244
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot G12
Image size: 3648x2736 (10.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2012-04-14 12:56:15 - 2012-04-14 13:00:14
Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure time: 0.00625
ISO: 125
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 142.3 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 26.8 to 32.0 percent
Vertical overlap: 40.7 to 49.8 percent
Computer stats: 4096 MB RAM, 4 CPUs
Total time 3:18 (3.8 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 39 seconds, Projection: 25 seconds, Blending: 2:14
(Preview finished in 1:48)

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