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16-APR-2010 Walter O. Koenig


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The Crust of the Earth. Where the Pacific and North American Tectonic Plates meet.
This photo was taken looking into the In-Ko-Pah Gorge aka Devil’s Canyon from over 3,000 ft. / 1,000 m elevation.
The bottom of the gorge behind the mountains in the foreground is at sea level and the surface of the Salton Sea in the distance is at –226 ft / -69 meter below sea level.
The highest mountain in this area Mt. San Jacinto Peak is 10,834 feet / 3,302 m high.
These extreme elevation changes show the ruggedness of this area which is virtually uninhabited.
Even though this was taken on a hazy day, one can easily identify geographical features 40 miles / 60 km distant.
In places like this one really gets a strong feeling of the power of the earth, and one can literally see its open crust.

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Fay Stout26-Apr-2010 12:36
Wonderful description of this dry and lonely part of our world. It feels so desolate!
Jola Dziubinska22-Apr-2010 23:24
Fantastic landscape.
pkocinski21-Apr-2010 15:10
Now this is a great shot for the word!
LynnH19-Apr-2010 19:48
Awesome and powerful view here! Very informative too!
Chad Ramsey19-Apr-2010 17:39
Wow, what a view! It looks pretty barren. Thanks for the info~V
Carl and Racine Erland19-Apr-2010 04:41
Great topic for crust and an awesome sight...thanks for the info! - Racine
monica memoli18-Apr-2010 22:12
Impressive scenery! v
franz18-Apr-2010 15:38
Very dry indeed for a photoworkalkoholic! Walter Eau. wenn er kein Wein hat trink er Wasser.Big Vote.
borisalex18-Apr-2010 05:30
Impressive view of the earth surface, looks very dry ! Great interpretation!
Cindi Smith18-Apr-2010 05:07
Like your crust choice! This is beautiful!
Inga Morozoff18-Apr-2010 02:22
Awesome shot of the earths crust. Thx for the back story too.
Frank Brault18-Apr-2010 02:09
A very clever choice of subject for crust and a marvelous photo.
Doug Cruden17-Apr-2010 22:34
Fabulous, and all the more so with your commentary...great shot for crust!
Ed McConnell17-Apr-2010 20:30
the earth's crust..great thinking and great image Walter.
Johnny JAG17-Apr-2010 20:02
Superb landscape.
Mairéad17-Apr-2010 19:38
Absolutely perfect and a fascinating image. V
maggie_falconi17-Apr-2010 19:15
Great interpretation and a wonderful photo Walter!
Bernard Davis17-Apr-2010 18:58
Brilliant image, definately crusty. V
Chris(tine)17-Apr-2010 18:53
Ecxellent interpretation and a great image.
Mike Stobbs17-Apr-2010 18:27
Fantastic Walter......braVo...Mike
Stephanie17-Apr-2010 18:19
WOW! This is amazing Walter!
On a clear day (well almost) you can see forever! BV
Gérard Koehl17-Apr-2010 18:17
Ce paysage est un vrai enchantement... V
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