Evidence For and Geometry of Repeated Large Magnitude Surface Ruptures Along the Central Altyn Tagh Fault
Kite Photography along the Altyn Tagh Fault (ATF)
Here we present some photographs we made along the Altyn
Tagh in the area of Seurkuli Valley (38° 46.709'N 091° 15.238' E) of a
series of offset channels and other landforms that make up the moletrack here.
This is part of our ongoing work on earthquake geology along the ATF.
I will try to write more about our kite system, but it consists of a radio triggered Olympus 340 digital camera (or it can fly with a small film camera) lifted by a large (32 ft2 or 16ft2) Flowform kite.
We are still developing the system. You can see some very nice images of
the Landers earthquake scarp at this link:
Kite actionClick on the thumbnails below for the bigger version of the image.
The best image
Note the vehicle, occasional people, a total station, and some 60" aerial photo targets in these pictures. The channel in the center is left laterally offset about 11 m along the Altyn Taugh Fault whose moletrack is the linear feature crossing the image from upper left to lower right.
Processing study on the best image
Here is an effort to explore the basic Adobe Photoshop processing steps one might do and their effect on the result. I am still not completely satisfied.
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