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Islands of Life by Henry Bortman

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Henry Bortman Henry Bortman
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0.32 Gigapixels
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Date added
May 21, 2011
Date taken
May 09, 2011
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Salar de Navidad is in the hyperarid core of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, the driest place on Earth. The low-lying landscape here, the salty remains of a former lake, has gone largely unchanged for millions of years, reworked only occasionally by small amounts of rain and by the sandblasting action of wind. The only life present (aside from humans who drive trucks through it to nearby mines) are colonies of cyanobacteria and other microorganisms found inside some of the small, gnarled salt formations visible in the foreground.


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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0804 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 316 megapixels (36572 x 8644 pixels)
Input images: 56 (14 columns by 4 rows)
Field of view: 137.2 degrees wide by 32.4 degrees high (top=10.4, bottom=-22.0)
Settings:
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot G12
Image size: 3648x2736 (10.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2011-05-09 11:46:22 - 2011-05-09 11:50:03
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.001
ISO: 200
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 142.3 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 30.1 to 34.6 percent
Vertical overlap: 27.1 to 28.8 percent
Computer stats: 4096 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 8:12 (8.8 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 1:41, Projection: 29 seconds, Blending: 6:03
(Preview finished in 3:44)

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