Department of Geology

QuickTime Virtual Reality
Geological Panoramas

J Bret Bennington
Charles Merguerian

QTVR Panoramas are ideal for showing outdoor scenes where a horizon to horizon perspective is needed or where the features of interest are wider than can be encompassed within a single viewing frame. Panoramas are assembled from multiple digital images captured by rotating the camera in place to produce a sequence of overlapping images, which are then assembled into a single, seamless image. Within the frame of view, the viewer can pan across the larger image and zoom into and out of the picture. Panoramas can be imported into Power Point (provided that QuickTime is the default media player) or viewed using the QuickTime player.

The following panoramic images were taken in the field by Hofstra Geology faculty and students.

New!! Panoramas from the Galapagos Islands - many volcanic features shown.

Assorted Geological Panoramas
image of Dakota Hogback

Red Rocks and Dakota Hogback

360° view from overlook next to Red Rocks Amphitheater. Pan shows the Dakota Sandstone hogback ridge and the dipping beds of the Pennsylvanian Fountain Formation upturned against the Rocky Mts. Photo credit: 1,2
360° panorama (1.6 mb)
image of Pinedale glacial moraines

Lateral moraines
Rocky Mountain National Park

180° view from overlook in Rocky Mt. National Park toward Moraine Park. Two lateral moraines from the Pinedale glaciaton are visible in the center-right of the pan. Photo credit: 1,3
180° panorama (860 kb)
image of glacial cirque on Sundance Mountain

Rocky Mountain National Park

180° view from overlook at Rainbow Curve in Rocky Mountain National Park showing glacial cirque carved into the south side of Sundance Mountain. Photo credit: 1,2,3,4
180° panorama (2.1 mb)
photo of Barringer meteor crater
Meteor Crater
Barringer Meteor Crater
180° view from observation platform inside of the crater rim. Photo credit: 2,3,4
180° panorama (2.6 mb)
image of Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon
180° view from observation platform on canyon rim.
Photo credit: 2,3,4
180° panorama (2.4 mb)
image of Glen Canyon
Navejo Sandstone and Glen Canyon
180° view of the Jurassic Navejo Sandstone in the walls of Glen Canyon from atop the Glen Canyon Bridge. Photo credit: 2,3,4
180° panorama (2.3 mb)
image of Palisades intrusive sheet in contact with Lockatong shales
Palisades Sill
Fort Lee, New Jersey
180° view of the contact between the diabase of the Palisades intrusive sheet (sill) and the underlying Lockatong Fm. shales exposed along the access road at Palisades Interstate Park, Fort Lee, New Jersey. Photo credit: 5
180° panorama (2.9 mb)
photo of Great Falls at Paterson, New Jersey
The Great Falls
Orange Mountain Basalt
Paterson, New Jersey
140° view of the Orange Mountain basalt (Lower Jurassic lava flows) exposed in the gorge of the Great Falls at Paterson, NJ. Photo credit:1,3 Additional Information
120° panorama (1.6 mb)
photo of cliff face along Helderberg escarpment
Helderberg Escarpment
John Boyd Thatcher State Park
New York
120° view of the Helderberg Escarpment west of Albany, New York. Visible in the cliff face are the Lower Devonian carbonates of the Manlius and Coeymans Formations. Photo credit:1
120° panorama (556 kb)
Photo Credits:    

1. J Bret Bennington
2. Frank Boccabella
3. Rich Chlystun
4. Ken Ulrich
5. Charles Merguerian


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