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Satellite Images and GPS

Postby Tricky » Fri Nov 14, 2003 9:23 am

Hey I'm trying to find the GPS coordinate for Black Rock City and the MAN.

and/or an online Satellite image resource for the playa...

can anyone help?

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Postby Bob » Fri Nov 14, 2003 10:10 am

The BLM permit for 2000 defined a closure area that has been used through 2003 -- see
http://www.nv.blm.gov/Winnemucca/recreation/burningman/index_old.htm
"Burning Man 2000 Permitted Event Site"
(PDF file)

center:
40° 45"17.162029' N, 119° 14"11.105358' W
corners:
40° 44"16.037027' N, 119° 14"25.654737' W
40° 45"7.844786' N, 119° 15"31.495004' W
40° 46"14.137633' N, 119° 14"45.292642' W
40° 46"0.145847' N, 119° 13"12.925586' W
40° 44"47.25034' N, 119° 12"59.484942' W

This defines the center & corners of Black Rock City's pentagonal trash fence, +/- fifty feet or so. The Man is located at the center. Not certain what datum was used -- possibly NAD27 or whatever was used on the base map.

Topozone lets you zoom in and out at various map scales:
http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=40.75481&lon=-119.23643&s=200&size=m

AFAIK no recent satellite images at similar resolutions are available without paying NASA for a flyover. Terraserver had 5-10 yr old images last time I checked.

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Postby Badger » Fri Nov 14, 2003 1:18 pm

Here's one of my favorites...

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Postby Badger » Fri Nov 14, 2003 1:20 pm

And another. Pyramid Lake with the playa in the upper right portion of the image.


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Postby Chai Guy » Fri Nov 14, 2003 4:45 pm

Thanks for posting those Badger, Do you have any Sat images taken during the event? (or were those taken during the event and we're so small that we can't see ourselves?) Thanks again.

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Postby Flux » Fri Nov 14, 2003 7:09 pm

Badger wrote:And another. Pyramid Lake with the playa in the upper right portion of the image.

In other news, an extremely large woman dropped a blue bikini top in the Nevada desert.

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Postby Badger » Sat Nov 15, 2003 12:12 am

I REALLY like the first shot because in the lower right of the pic you can make out the ancient shorelines as Lake Lahanton gradually receded.
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Postby Badger » Sat Nov 15, 2003 12:13 am

Oh, and in the far right (middle) you can make out the two 'hanging' playas that are about 30-60 above the main lake bed.
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Postby Bob » Sat Nov 15, 2003 5:52 am

Chai Guy wrote:...any Sat images taken during the event? (or were those taken during the event and we're so small that we can't see ourselves?) Thanks again.


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Postby Badger » Sat Nov 15, 2003 7:19 am

(LOL!!)
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Postby spaceboy » Fri Nov 21, 2003 1:46 pm

There's a few websites where you can purchase or schedule a photo of the playa. But I don't think you can schedule a date for a photo (thus it would take EXTREME luck to have the satellite passing overhead during the week of BM). The satellites take groups of photos in big longitudinal batches.

www.spaceimaging.com
http://terraserver-usa.com/

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Postby thoughtsurfer » Sat Nov 22, 2003 2:47 pm

Brilliant, Bob!

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Postby sphene » Sat Nov 22, 2003 5:49 pm

Nice images Badger. Do you know why one lake is black and the other blue in the second image? (I'm presuming they are both lakes)

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Postby Badger » Sat Nov 22, 2003 6:32 pm

Nice question. I'm assuming that because the second image is a false color composite that it probably has to do with a temperature differential possibly due to shallowness of the two bodies of water. It might also be due to chemical composition of the water although that's a real leap as far as guesses go.
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Postby DhC » Sat Nov 22, 2003 6:48 pm

Could it be due to the light refraction angle due to the depth of the water?

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Postby sphene » Sat Nov 22, 2003 7:50 pm

I don't think a false color image is affected by things like that, but it's been a long time since I had to remember that info...

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Postby Tricky » Tue Dec 23, 2003 1:14 pm

Wow...

some rocking images and info... tanx. . . :D


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