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Salar Grande by Jen Piatek

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Taken by
Jen Piatek Jen Piatek
Explore score
0.73 Gigapixels
Date added
Sep 23, 2009
Date taken
Nov 30, 2008

GigaPan w/Canon SD850


Located in the Atacama Desert (n. Chile), this salar ("salt flat", essentially) produces enough mined salt to account for the domestic consumption of Chile plus a few million tons for export.

The lower parts of the salar are essentially pure NaCl (rare, geologically speaking - usually there's a lot of other salts mixed in)... the top forms this rough, bumpy texture and is covered with millions of years of dust.

This is a 360 view (at least - had to take out 2 columns of photos that overlapped) from a few hundred feet into the salar itself. No need to walk further - this is what it all looks like....

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3865 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 728 megapixels (80364 x 9059 pixels)
Input images: 264 (44 columns by 6 rows)
Field of view: 349.9 degrees wide by 39.4 degrees high (top=15.7, bottom=-23.8)
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Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Image size: 3264x2448 (8.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2008-11-30 14:57:27 - 2008-11-30 15:20:10
Aperture: f/5.5
Exposure time: 0.001
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 140.4 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 31.6 to 48.8 percent
Vertical overlap: 43.7 to 99.6 percent
Computer stats: 2560 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 3:26:34 (0:46 per picture)
Alignment: 22:50, Projection: 16:04, Blending: 2:47:39

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