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Mouth of the New River by Steve Beckelhimer

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Steve Beckelhimer Steve Beckelhimer
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0.55 Gigapixels
Date added
Sep 08, 2011
Date taken
Sep 07, 2011

The New River joins with the Gauley River to form the Kanawha River at this point.
The New River is quite misnamed in that it is extremely old. Geologists calculate the age of the New River to be up to 320 million years old!
From its headwaters near Boone, North Carolina, the New River travels more than 2000 miles to its intersection with the Gauley River to for the Kanawha River. This occurs at the listed coordinates near the small West Virginia towns of Gauley Bridge and Glen Ferris. The Kanawha drains into the Ohio River between Henderson and Pt. Pleasant West Virginia. The Ohio empties into the Mississippi which carries the water to the Gulf of Mexico near New Orleans. Depending on flow and other factors, a drop of water may take 110 days to travel from the headwaters of the New to the Gulf of Mexico.
Several things are unique about the New River especially the fact that it flows in a northern direction. In this time the river flows through West Virginia, it passes through rocks from the Mississippian (the Mauch Chunk Group) and Pennsylvanian ages (the Pottsville Group). The New River is dammed at Hinton, WV to form Bluestone Lake. From there the river flows naturally for the 66 miles to Gauley Bridge during which time it falls over 750 feet in elevation.
This elevation drop provides some fine recreational white water rafting and kayaking in the eastern United States. Many outdoor adventure companies near the towns of Fayetteville and Oak Hill, WV have brought new life to the previously struggling economy. Fishing for smallmouth bass is another temptation for recreational opportunities in the section of the New River from Hinton to Cunard, WV. From Cunard to Fayette Station the river is a little too vigorous for fishing but the many class III and IV rapids delight the thrill seeking adventurer.

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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0805 (Windows)
Panorama size: 550 megapixels (52800 x 10432 pixels)
Input images: 105 (21 columns by 5 rows)
Field of view: 196.4 degrees wide by 38.8 degrees high (top=18.2, bottom=-20.6)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot A3100 IS
Image size: 4000x3000 (12.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2011-09-07 10:17:19 - 2011-09-07 10:26:25
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure time: 0.02
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 138.5 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 18.6 to 42.7 percent
Vertical overlap: 32.9 to 45.1 percent
Computer stats: 2013.61 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 26:11 (15 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 4:12, Projection: 1:49, Blending: 20:10
(Preview finished in 19:12)

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