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Black Sand Geyser Basin - Yellowstone National Park (WY) by Jen Piatek

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Taken by
Jen Piatek Jen Piatek
Explore score
0.13 Gigapixels
Date added
Aug 29, 2009
Date taken
Aug 09, 2009

GigaPan w/Canon SD850


Black Sand is a smaller geyser basin (relative to others in Yellowstone, that is) - the visitor boardwalk leads to two pools: this pan is taken from the boardwalk looking towards Sunset Pool.

The water draining from the pool is relatively warm, and is a great habitat for bacteria - the red and black colors are due to those organisms.

The steam underneath the boardwalk is not from the pool, but from little fumaroles (steam vents) punching through to the surface - you can hear and see (yes, and smell) them from the boardwalk as you walk out to the pool.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3865 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 128 megapixels (18111 x 7113 pixels)
Input images: 50 (10 columns by 5 rows)
Field of view: 76.2 degrees wide by 29.9 degrees high (top=9.9, bottom=-20.1)
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Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Image size: 3264x2448 (8.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-08-09 17:34:47 - 2009-08-09 17:41:12
Aperture: f/5.5
Exposure time: 0.00125 - 0.00625
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 140.4 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 45.5 to 53.7 percent
Vertical overlap: 50.2 to 61.6 percent
Computer stats: 2560 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 37:58 (0:45 per picture)
Alignment: 2:37, Projection: 2:42, Blending: 32:38

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