Where on (Google) Earth #243?

Once I realized it was up I made relatively quick work of Ryan Brown‘s WoGE #242 of the Tasman Glacier on the South Island of New Zealand, which he kindly posted without a Schott Rule invocation. The shadows were the dead giveaway. The vast majority of alpine glaciers are located in the northern hemisphere, so when I noted the sun casting shadows on the south side of horns and aretes it only took a quick search of Patagonia before I headed over to the New Zealand Alps for the win.

I’ve enjoyed the quick pace of the last month or so of Google Earth posts. For WoGE #243 I’m choosing a relatively large area with a bit of coastline. Normally this would merit a Schott Rule invocation, but I have a sneaky feeling this one may be a bit tougher to find than it first appears, so I’m electing not to invoke it. I may, of course, be wrong, in which case the winner will post a locality (latitude and longitude) and description of the geology of the area seen below before the electrons on this post have a chance to dry. Time will tell…

Where on (Google) Earth #243.

GigaPanning Geology – Fine Gigapixel Conference Retrospective

Longtime readers will know I’ve been very involved with the GigaPan project for a couple of years now. I’ve been a Fine Science Fellow since the beginning of my involvement with GigaPanning in the Fall of 2007, and I’ve previously helped to train new Fine Science Fellows on the GigaPan at workshops at in Estes Park, CO (May 2008) and Pittsburgh, PA (May 2009). A bit over a month ago I had the opportunity to serve as a workshop co-chair for the first Fine International Conference on Gigapixel Imaging for Science, also held in Pittsburgh. Since returning I’ve been a bit too wrapped up in teaching to blog about it, but grades were submitted at noon today, so I’m finally free to catch up on some of the blogging that I’ve been putting off for far too long.

I won’t burden you with a full rundown of the conference, but if you’re interested you can find more information at the full conference website or perhaps you’d prefer to peruse the abstracts of the submitted papers. In addition to co-chairing the workshops with fellow Fine Fellow Richard Palmer, I presented or co-presented two formal workshops and one informal one. I’m embedding below the YouTube video of my workshop entitled “GigaPanning Geology” below. You can also see what I had to say about creating Anaglyph (3D) GigaPans on another YouTube video. And there are even more conference videos here.

One of the great things about this conference for me was the number of new geologists who are getting involved in GigaPanning. Callan Bentley, who blogs at Mountain Beltway, attended this conference as a brand new Fine Science Fellow, meaning he got a brand new GigaPan robot just a day before the conference. You can find Callan’s GigaPans here. John Van Hoesen, who blogs at Geologic Musings in the Taconic Mountains, already owned his own GigaPan and has been using it for a couple of months. You can see John’s GigaPans here. Finally, Laura Guertin didn’t own a GigaPan at the time (she does now) but she was interested in seeing how she might use one for geology. The four of us got together during a break between talks to record a brief (13 minute) podcast about what we all hoped to do to apply GigaPan technology to geology. Have a listen!

This is by no means the last you’ll hear from me about GigaPanning Geology. It’s going to come up again in short order at the upcoming GSA Penrose Conference “Google Earth: Visualizing the Possibilities for Geoscience Education and Research”. But for now I’ll leave you with a GigaPan of Pittsburgh, PA from Mount Washington that I shot while at the Conference. If you’ve got red/blue anaglyph glasses you can also see this one in 3D!


Where on (Google) Earth #240?

Wooohoo! This is the tenth WoGE of the month, making this the first time since Septermber & October of 2007 that we’ve had back to back months with double digit WoGEs. And I should point out that this is not just the usual suspects. We’ve seen plenty of new winners mixed in with the veterans. Congratulations one and all!

WoGE Posts by Month

Having found French PhD student Rom T.’s very first WoGE, I’m going to stick with the coastal theme. To mix things up a bit I’ll offer up an oblique view of this very interesting coastline. But to be honest, I’m choosing this view for the beautiful wave refraction visible in the foreground as much as anything else. I figure the oblique view and relatively small area should offset the fact that coastlines are usually easy to recognize, so I’ll keep things moving along by not invoking the Schott Rule. The goal, as always, is to identify the location of the image below (latitude and longitude) and to describe as much as you can about its geology – answer in the comments. First person to succeed on both points has the honor of hosting WoGE #241 on their geoblog.

Where on (Google) Earth #240 Oblique View.

If this view proves too challenging I’ll provide a map view in a few days.

Where on (Google) Earth #235?

In honor of the world’s largest(?) ever gathering of Geobloggers and Geotweeps this evening at the AGU Social Media SoirĂ©e I hereby present Where on (Google) Earth #235? for your entertainment. Most of you already know that to win the challenge you need to find the latitude and longitude of the image below and describe the geology of the area to the best of your ability. Post your answers in the comments and if you’re the first to identify both (as I was for WoGE #234) you’ll have the honor of hosting the next WoGE on your own social media platform.

Where on (Google) Earth #235.

No Schott Rule, since I’m a little late posting this one. We’ve gotta keep up the pace if we’re going to reach double digit WoGEs for the second month in a row. Let the chaos commence!

Update: Now that its been found I figured I’d add a GigaPan view of the area that I shot last summer:


Where on (Google) Earth #232?

It seems like every time Where on (Google) Earth gets stuck in the mud (volcanoes) I’m the one who gets to pull it out. This was true back on WoGE #69 and its still true today on WoGE #231. What is it about these petroleum geologists, that they keep dragging WoGE back through the mud (volcanoes)? ;-)

Despite the brief pause for mud, WoGE has really been rolling lately. In fact, November 2010 was the first month with double digit WoGE postings since October 2008. Curiously, there haven’t been back to back months with double digit WoGE posts since September-October 2007.

WoGE Posts by Month

Recently I’ve posted a couple of WoGE locations that were harder to find but had interesting geology. Today, however, I’m in the mood for one of those spots that has exquisitely beautiful geologic imagery, even though there shouldn’t be too much mystery in finding it or describing the geologic features. As a consequence, I’m going to invoke the Schott Rule (please wait an hour for each WoGE Win you’ve got before answering). Though it’s a small area, I don’t think this one shouldn’t be too hard to find, so it’s especially aimed at those of you who may be new to the game. If you’re playing for the first time, the goal is to identify the location of the image below (latitude and longitude) and to describe its geology – answer in the comments. First person to succeed on both points has the honor of hosting WoGE #233 on their geoblog.

Where on (Google) Earth #232.

Post time: 5 Dec 2010, 17:10 Central Standard Time (USA) – 5 Dec 2010, 23:10 GMT.