Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Geo 1095: May 6, Day 856: Volcano Observing

While I have four or five of these couplets, I'm just going to share this one, but I'm sure you'll get the idea. The reason the Dee Wright structure is called a "volcano observatory" is not just that there are great views of a large number of volcanoes,  nor the compass rose on the top platform, but the first floor has a number of windows, or ports, that frame particular peaks, with their identifications and distances on signs below the ports. They're sized in such a way that if a visitor is standing with their face near the port, the peak just fits that frame. This means that more distant peaks have smaller windows. In the top picture, we see Mount Washington, in the lower one, its name and distance, 5.2 miles.

Photo unmodified. August 21, 2011. FlashEarth location.

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