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Roaring Brook Falls by Ron Schott

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Taken by
Ron Schott Ron Schott
Explore score
3.40 Gigapixels
Date added
Sep 07, 2011
Date taken
Aug 24, 2011

Canon EOS 550D (T2i)

GigaPan Epic100 (2nd generatio...

environmental, geology, landscape, nature, travel

Roaring Brook on Giant Mountain in the Adirondacks holds a special place in my heart because it was the site (a bit further upstream) of my first geology research project, undertaken as an undergrad at Colgate University. The falls occur where the hanging valley of Roaring Brook joins the main valley of the Auasble River. At this location Roaring Brook has carved its path down into a meter-wide mafic dike and with the low flow the day I visited it hardly seems capable of clearing such a wide swath of unvegetated bedrock as you see here. Had I been here just a few days later, in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Irene, one might have glimpsed the fury Roaring Brook under high discharge conditions. (Of course, given that the storm wiped out Hwy 73, there's also little chance I could have accessed the site.) In fact, an even stronger geologic force is responsible for the bedrock scar and bouldery debris seen in this view. In June 1963 a heavy downpour triggered a massive landslide down the Roaring Brook Valley (www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/page/content.detail/id/525826.html Will open in a new tab or window).
The view at the base of the falls is not as conventionally spectacular as the view from the top of the falls, as shot by Chris Fastie: www.gigapan.org/gigapans/62968/ By sheer coincidence, fate nearly brought the two of us together the day I shot this GigaPan - I'll let you read about it in my Google Plus stream: plus.google.com/108972509678555833657/posts/LK533UUUeMP Will open in a new tab or window Here's the GigaPan Chris shot later the same morning, considerably further up the Giant of the Valley: www.gigapan.org/gigapans/85260/
And one more GigaPan to point you to... a macro of a boulder of anorthosite I previously collected near this site: www.gigapan.org/gigapans/11454/

Gigapan Comments (3)

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  1. Chris Fastie

    Chris Fastie (September 22, 2011, 02:56PM )

    Wow, those are serious slides. Here is a new gigapan from yesterday that shows no fresh slide scars on the southwest face of Giant: gigapan.org/gigapans/87992/. The streambed of Roaring Brook was quite torn up, especially below the falls, but there was no evidence of debris flows.

  2. Ron Schott

    Ron Schott (September 22, 2011, 02:47PM )

    I haven't seen anything that indicates new slides on the Giant of the Valley, but it looks like Irene triggered quite a few other slides around the Adirondack High Peaks: adkbcski.com/2011/08/31/a-birds-ey e-view-after-irene Will open in
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  3. Chris Fastie

    Chris Fastie (September 08, 2011, 06:41AM )

    It must have been quite a different scene here during tropical storm Irene. Access to this location is still blocked 10 days after the storm because the flood damage to Route 73 has not been repaired. I assume that the road damage is from water flowing over this waterfall! Trails to Giant Mountain from other roads were just reopened today. I hope the road and other trails reopen soon because I am curious to see if I can detect new slides on the side of Giant Mountain. On the day you made this gigapan, I made a little handheld panorama of the summit from the Nubble (photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=5eee2 d29-d29b-4b1a-9c8f-14ca41c15071 Will open in
a new tab or window) but I am now very sorry I did not have the Epic 100 with me. I guess I will have to pack it next time.

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GigaPan Stitch version 1.2.0113 (Windows)
Panorama size: 3398 megapixels (46924 x 72428 pixels)
Input images: 351 (13 columns by 27 rows)
Field of view: 46.7 degrees wide by 72.0 degrees high (top=52.3, bottom=-19.7)
Vignette correction on: c1=-0.00015 c2=0.000161
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon EOS REBEL T2i
Image size: 5184x3456 (17.9 megapixels)
Capture time: 2011-08-24 08:30:27 - 2011-08-24 09:10:52
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.025
ISO: 200
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 314.6 mm
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 32.7 to 61.2 percent
Vertical overlap: 10.7 to 36.8 percent
Computer stats: 4010.17 MB RAM, 4 CPUs
Total time 1:19:24 (14 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 18:26, Projection: 8:50, Blending: 52:08
(Preview finished in 37:03)

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