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Tropical Asia - Corals and Rocks, Malaysia by eyap

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eyap eyap
Explore score
2.37 Gigapixels
Date added
Jun 20, 2011
Date taken
Jun 18, 2011

We don't actually experience summer during the summer solstice, here on the Equator. Instead the Monsoon blows in from the South West, giving the north-east coast of Peninsular Malaysia some respite from strong winds, high seas and floods that hit from Nov-Feb. This allows us to take driving family vacations along the beaches, which was where we found ourselves during this Gigablitz.

In the heat of noon and at low tide, this part of the coastline was deceptively deplete of animal life. However, looking closely, there is a profusion of invertebrate sea-life here - including molluscs (gastropods, bivalves) and crustaceans (barnacles, crabs).

How many species and specimens can you identify? Hint: Look on or at the base of rocks, particularly the grey (dead) corals on the right of the panorama.

PS. A beachfront hotel's seasport's facilities can be seen in the background - reassuringly, it is possible to combine habitat conservation with human recreation (ecotourism).

by Eya Pesach

MY20 Cherating Beach, Pahang

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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0804 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 2373 megapixels (124992 x 18988 pixels)
Input images: 273 (39 columns by 7 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 54.7 degrees high (top=15.9, bottom=-38.8)
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Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon EOS 550D
Image size: 5184x3456 (17.9 megapixels)
Capture time: 2011-06-14 14:11:52 - 2011-06-14 14:27:05
Aperture: f/8 - f/11
Exposure time: 0.0025 - 0.025
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 133.7 mm
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 35.3 to 75.7 percent
Vertical overlap: 21.1 to 43.2 percent
Computer stats: 4096 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 1:03:44 (14 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 10:36, Projection: 5:07, Blending: 48:01
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