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Pikeville Cut-through 03 by Steve Beckelhimer

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Steve Beckelhimer Steve Beckelhimer
Explore score
0.43 Gigapixels
Date added
Aug 10, 2011
Date taken
Aug 08, 2011

GigaPan Epic 100


When the Pikeville Cut-through was completed in 1987 it was the largest earth moving project in the US and the second largest in the world. Only the Panama Canal was larger.

Prior to the construction of the Pikeville Cut-through, the area was plagued with flooding and a lack of suitable flat land for development. The massive excavation moved 18,000,000 cubic yards of material and cost over $77 million. In the process, a highway, railroad and the Big Sandy River were moved.

The cut is an engineering marvel and is 1300 feet wide, 3700 feet long and 523 feet deep. The New York Times called the Pikeville Cut-through “the eighth wonder of the world.”

Because of the progress in Pikeville made possible by the Pikeville Cut-through, the town of Pikeville was included in The 100 Best Small Towns in America.

This image was taken from the observation platform shot through one of the viewing ports.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0805 (Windows)
Panorama size: 430 megapixels (37564 x 11460 pixels)
Input images: 65 (13 columns by 5 rows)
Field of view: 141.6 degrees wide by 43.2 degrees high (top=19.6, bottom=-23.6)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot A3100 IS
Image size: 4000x3000 (12.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2011-08-09 02:54:45 - 2011-08-09 03:02:57
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure time: 0.00125 - 0.01
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 138.5 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 29.7 to 34.6 percent
Vertical overlap: 29.0 to 30.4 percent
Computer stats: 2013.61 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 48:19 (45 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 12:57, Projection: 3:37, Blending: 31:45
(Preview finished in 25:18)

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