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Ajo Open Pit Overburden by Ron Schott

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Ron Schott Ron Schott
Explore score
1.35 Gigapixels
Date added
Jan 10, 2009
Date taken
Dec 26, 2008

Piles of overburden stripped to reveal the ore at the Ajo, Arizona open pit copper mine dominate the horizon south of town. They also offer insight into the geology of the mine. The yellow streaked piles near the middle of this GigaPan are composed of some of the sulfide mineral (mostly pyrite) bearing rocks associated with the ore zone. Unfortunately I couldn't find a good vantage point to shoot a GigaPan of the mine itself, so the overburden piles will have to pass as a substitute.

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GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3510 (Windows)
Panorama size: 1351 megapixels (113565 x 11901 pixels)
Input images: 385 (55 columns by 7 rows)
Field of view: 198.2 degrees wide by 20.8 degrees high (top=10.2, bottom=-10.5)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Image size: 3264x2448 (8.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2008-12-26 14:49:01 - 2008-12-26 15:11:20
Aperture: f/4
Exposure time: 0.00125
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 435.8 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 35.7 to 40.9 percent
Vertical overlap: 32.9 to 39.8 percent
Computer stats: 3069.98 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 4:05:25 (0:38 per picture)
Alignment: 1:34:20, Projection: 18:10, Blending: 2:12:53

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