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International Year of Forests

(January 1st, 2011 - December 31st, 2013)

Vladimir Popov

Meshchera in May

Piotr Popik

Moving Dunes at Słowiński National Park

Northern Poland

2012-07-14 12:00 local time

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This desert-like (or a moon-like) image was taken at the Moving Dunes in the Słowiński National Park in Pomeranian Voivodeship, Northern Poland, situated on the Baltic coast, between Łeba and Rowy resorts. The Northern boundary of the Park consists of 32.5 kilometres (20.2 mi) of coastline. In the past, the park’s area was a Baltic Sea bay. The sea’s activity, however, created sand dunes, which in the course of time separated the bay from the Baltic Sea. As waves and wind carry sand inland, the dunes slowly move, at a speed of 3 to 10 meters per year. Some dunes are quite high - up to 30 meters. Forests in the Park are mainly made of pines. These trees cover 80% of wooded areas; there are also peat bogs of several types. More on this: here .

Europe / Poland

Lat: 54° 43' 48.66" N
Long: 17° 16' 30.48" E

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Precision is: Medium. Nearby, but not to the last decimal.

The panorama was taken with Peleng MC f 3.5/8 mm lens (set at f 8, ~ 1 m) on Canon EOS 20D camera, (set at: 1/250 s), ISO 100).

The panorama was stitched with 5 images (4 around plus zenith) using Professor’s Helmut Dersch Panorama Tools (PTGui 4.1 graphical interface). I used 16 bit source images. Autopano and Enblend, as well as Gimp's ability to create Text Circle Logo were all of great help. Equi-rectangular image was created with registered version 1.6.2 of Pano2QTVR pro.

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