AGU Session IN17: Earth and Space Science Applications of GigaPan Imagery

Like Brian, I got the good news last Friday that the American Geophysical Union (AGU) has accepted my session proposal for its fall meeting in San Francisco, California, December 15-19, 2008. The session is titled “IN17: Earth and Space Science Applications of GigaPan Imagery” and the description is as follows:

Gigapixel panoramic (GigaPan) imagery captures highly detailed photographic information that can be viewed in a way that preserves a high degree of detail through a wide range of zoom (magnification). Recent developments in robotics technology, image processing, and web-delivery have made the creation, viewing, and annotation of GigaPan imagery far more accessible to scientists and the general public than was previously possible. Examples of GigaPan imagery can be found at

The GigaPan session at AGU seeks to bring together scientists and technologists who are pioneering the application of GigaPan imagery in the Earth and space sciences to share their experiences and results, as well as to introduce additional scientists and educators to the capabilities and possible scientific and educational applications of GigaPan technology.

I’m hoping we can get some good participation from the Fine Outreach For Science (FOFS) scientists involved in the beta testing, as well as anyone else who feels they have something to contribute.

Durango, Colorado

No time to write much because I’m off to Medicine Lodge, Kansas tomorrow to shoot a couple of GigaPans in the Gypsum Hills.

So I’ll leave you with another GigaPan image shot during my most recent excursion through Colorado. It’s the view of downtown Durango, Colorado and its surrounding hills as seen from the campus of Fort Lewis College, home of Kim Hannula of All My Faults are Stress Related. I enjoyed a nice dinner with Kim and her son when we passed through. I know they’ve been busy moving into town this summer – I wonder if her new place is in the field of view?

Plenty of Mancos Shale in view for all you friends of the Colorado Plateau, as well as a good chunk of the Mesa Verde Group. I wish I had geology like that within view of my campus…

Durango, Colorado from the campus of Fort Lewis College
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Accretionary Wedge #11 – Call for Submissions

Andrew kindly reminds me that its my turn to host another edition of The Accretionary Wedge. And so it is.

I have to admit, I’ve been especially delinquent in posting my own entries for the last couple of Accretionary Wedges, so maybe that’ll give me some topics for my own posts over the next few days. Better late than never, right?

Back when I signed up for the July slot back in January I envisioned volunteering for the July spot on a recurring basis on the general topic of Field Geology. My idea was to host a different variation on that theme each July, such as Field Camp Geology, Local Field Trips, Field Horror Stories, Most Exotic Field Locations, etc.

I know a couple of folks have already made field related posts this month and I certainly plan to include those in this month’s compilation, but I wanted to kick the field series off this year with a theme of “Field Camp Geology”. Given my late notice regarding this specific topic I figure I’ll give everyone another ten days or so to dig through their old photo collections and dust off a couple of field camp stories. Thus I’ll aim for a submission deadline of Friday, July 25th with an eye to publishing my compilation on the weekend of the 26-27 of July.

Green River Emerging from Split Mountain Gorge

If a standard picture is a thousand words, is a GigaPan photo worth enough words to make up for my lack of geoblogging over the last two months? Well, it’s a start…

Green River Emerging from Split Mountain Gorge, Dinosaur National Monument, Utah
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The scene above is from Dinosaur National Monument and features a view of the Green River emerging from Split Mountain. The meandering Green River is, in this case, an example of an antecedent drainage that has cut down through the uplifting sedimentary layers quickly enough to keep pace with the uplift and folding of those layers during the Laramide Orogeny a superposed drainage which has recently cut down through the rocks earlier folded as part of the Sevier and Laramide Orogenies [correction based on Wayne’s comment below]. The prominent cliff former that forms the bulk of Split Mountain is the Middle Pennsylvanian to Lower Permian Weber Sandstone. Hogbacks of the yellow and red Lower Permian Park City Formation lap onto the south side of the Weber like waves breaking on a beach. The red siltstones of the Lower Triassic Moenkopi Formation form a strike valley at the right of the image – to the west this strike valley is known as the Racetrack as it wraps around the nose of the plunging Split Mountain Anticline.

This vantage point lies less then a mile northeast of the first mapping project area of Fort Hays State University’s geology summer field camp.

Where on (Google) Earth #140?

Hi, I’m Ron Schott. You might remember me from such blogs as Ron Schott’s Geology Home Companion and comments throughout the geoblogosphere (see blogroll in the right sidebar)…

Okay, so much for the Troy McClure intro. It’s been a while since I posted despite lots of attention that’s been pointed this way since my last contribution. Leading FHSU’s Geology Summer Field Camp (yes, I have a semblance of a life off the web) was responsible for a chunk of that downtime, but inertia seems to have taken over from there.

But as always, the Where on (Google) Earth series has a habit of awaking me from my blogging slumber. Since I was able to pinpoint Péter’s cratered WoGE #139 it again falls to me to try to stump the assembled geoblogosphere with an obscure view of Earth’s uppermost crust. The view below was spotted by a satellite and, despite any passing resemblance, is not the petrographic miscroscope view of some mega-amphibole.

Identify its location (latitude and longitude will suffice) and enlighten the less geologically savvy on how such a landform originates (as best you can) and you too may have the honor of adding your name to the recently updated winners list (now with subfolders!). Of course, the winner gets an easy blog post (and all the fame and attention that goes with that) out of the deal, as well. ;-)

Where on (Google) Earth #140

Because I have a strong suspicion that this locality won’t provide much challenge to veteran WoGErs, I will invoke the Schott Rule [post time: 13:00 CDT]. This only affects previous winners.