Active Tectonics, Quantitative Structural Geology, and Geomorphology
Balloon Photography
Title: San Andreas Fault Paleoseismic Site
Location: Wallace Creek, central Carrizo Plain, CA     Click here to open Google Earth for location
Date: August 2, 2011
Equipment Pentax Optio WG1 (We used interval shooting mode for every 10 seconds with Standard focus mode.)

Flight description:
We started the balloon flight around 6:30 a.m., because we needed a calm wind for the balloon. Here at the Wallace Creek, it usually got very windy around noon. We even saw some dust devils when we were having lunch. If it is too windy, the camera will sway and will produce a blurry photo (like in photo# 1501 and 1503). So we started early in the morning.

For flight 1, we walked toward NW along the San Andreas fault. For flight 2, we traced the San Andreas fault toward SE back to where we started the flight 1.

The altitude of the balloon was higher in flight 2 than in flight 1.
Flight 1
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Flight 2
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Last updated:   June 19, 2012
by Tsurue Sato