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Folded metamorphic rocks exposed on C&O Canal by Callan Bentley

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Taken by
Callan Bentley Callan Bentley
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$7.00 to $855.00
1.24 Gigapixels
Date added
May 10, 2011
Date taken
May 08, 2011

Exposed on the northern bank of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal near the downstream end of 'Widewater' (upstream of the Old Anglers Inn access point), these rocks are the result of ancient mountain-building processes. These rocks, the Mather Gorge Formation, were originally deposited as layers of sand and mud in the deep sea, but were then squished and baked and contorted and recrystallized and partially melted around 460 million years ago, during an ancient episode of mountain-building called the Taconian Orogeny. Several structures can be observed here, including granite dikes and other intrusions, folds, and boudinage.

As the dark stripe at left shows, this gigapan was shot on a partly cloudy day.

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GigaPan Stitch version 1.1.1241 (Windows)
Panorama size: 1239 megapixels (70972 x 17468 pixels)
Input images: 300 (30 columns by 10 rows)
Field of view: 109.4 degrees wide by 26.9 degrees high (top=16.7, bottom=-10.3)
Vignette correction on: c1=0.0414 c2=-0.044
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX120 IS
Image size: 3648x2736 (10.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2011-05-09 01:36:37 - 2011-05-09 02:06:20
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure time: 0.005
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 361.4 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 32.3 to 41.8 percent
Vertical overlap: 38.3 to 43.2 percent
Computer stats: 8175.03 MB RAM, 4 CPUs
Total time 35:31 (7.1 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 19:21, Projection: 4:44, Blending: 11:26
(Preview finished in 26:17)

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