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Mono Lake, California by ahochstaedter

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ahochstaedter ahochstaedter
Explore score
1.21 Gigapixels
Date added
Jan 12, 2012
Date taken
Aug 13, 2011

Mono Lake is a salt water lake located east of Yosemite National Park. This easterly view was taken from the Mono Lake Visitor Center near the town of Lee Vining. The results of late Quaternary volcanism is visible across the view. The dark Black Point Volcano is across the lake in the left center. The dark island on the left is Negit, and is composed of dacite. The light-colored island on the right is Paoha and is composed of lake sediments pushed up by magmatic activity. Some dark lavas on this island are visible in the left background. Lee Vining Creek forms the wooded drainage in the right foreground.

Mono Lake was much bigger in Pleistocene times during the ice ages. Ancient shorelines of this much larger lake, called Lake Russell, are visible across the lake, especially to the left of Black Point. Mono Lake was also much higher in historical times, before the city of Los Angeles diverted water from Lee Vining creek and other creeks draining into Mono Lake and pumped the water to Los Angeles. The lake level dropped precipitiouslly as result of these diversions. Recent legal rulings have restricted these diversions, allowing the lake level to rise one again in recent years.

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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0805 (Windows)
Panorama size: 1206 megapixels (110796 x 10888 pixels)
Input images: 318 (53 columns by 6 rows)
Field of view: 97.4 degrees wide by 9.6 degrees high (top=2.3, bottom=-7.3)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: PENTAX
Camera model: PENTAX K-r
Image size: 4288x2848 (12.2 megapixels)
Capture time: 2011-08-13 13:48:19 - 2011-08-13 14:10:06
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure time: 0.0015625
ISO: 200
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 390.0 mm
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 49.4 to 54.3 percent
Vertical overlap: 42.8 to 45.0 percent
Computer stats: 8098.69 MB RAM, 8 CPUs
Total time 47:31 (9.0 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 18:56, Projection: 8:57, Blending: 19:38
(Preview finished in 35:30)

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