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3D Space Navigator and Carolina Bay LiDAR Data from Cintos Research: A Match Made In Heaven
event March 16, 2013 comment 19 Comments



Eye Candy

Earlier this week I purchased a wonderful device, the 3D Space Navigator Mouse from 3D Connexion. I am giving this cool tool Two Tusks Up and encourage any reader who works with 3D or Google Earth to purchase one post-haste. This sturdy little brick of a mouse has a foating head which provides complete control in three dimensional environments. It simply revolutionizes your relationship with GE, improving the experience by 10X IMHO. (I actually bought six of them for the office too — and RS folks love ’em)

You can guess what’s next: With my high-bandwidth GE environment fully enabled by the Space Navigator, I enriched the processor’s landscape with Carolina Bay LiDAR data from Cintos Research. Stunning. It has to be experienced to be appreciated.

I first studied Carolina Bays towards the end of the long era of paper maps and printed aerials. USDA Soil Survey black-and-white photos and USGS topo quadrants were common references. Holey Moley how things have changed! Now I have a 27-Inch hi-res model of the earth with custom produced Carolina Bays field imagery color-gradable to 1-foor laser generated elevations — all fully manipulable with three fingers.

Even if you can’t buy the mouse right now — make sure to fully investigate the Google Earth LiDAR files from Michael Davias at Cintos. I took a few images of the bays as I hopped and skipped about the landscape. 


 A North Carolina rural community with some depressions in the woods….

…..revealed to be home to some rather vivid Carolina Bays!

Glancing SE toward Cape Fear

A golf course with a few bays down range 

A typical bay field near Raeford, North Carolina

Perhaps a “wind-and-water” theorist could explain to the Tusk how lakes form perched on a sand ridge?

Cool “data panes” Davias “hangs” in Google Earth files at Cintos Research

1050 miles away in Nebraska

Nebraska again

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  1. Have you ever tried “World of Warcraft”? Terrible game, don’t every do it, George.

  2. Mr. Grant:

    The presence of a radon hotspot in Nebraska is certainly intriguing to me; thanks for identifying that. I did a mash up with my bay finds in the area, and there seems to be no correlation. Seems the hotspot is in the area of the extensive “sand Hills” landscape.

    As for “what’s there?”, mostly 99% pure quartz sand – at least in the east.

    Should anyone be interested in a regular dose of bays in LiDAR, subscribe to my daily blog on Google+, highlighting a specific Carolina Bay:

  3. Michael, EPA is probably still collecting data, so more focus should be in the future. Still thinking Firestone is “spot on.”

    Nice Carolina Bay blog. I’d like to spend some time walking a freshly plowed field, after a mild rain, on the incoming side of the bays. There has to be fragments!

  4. “There has to be fragments”, nah probably no more than the moon has.
    but what the burned layer, appears like under the bays might tell someone something , because the burn had to happen first .

  5. On a flight from Minneapolis to Denver, I was looking out the window and much to my surprise I saw a series of shallow oblong craters. The late afternoon sun brought them out in relief. they were all pointed to the north west. I asked the stewardess if she could let me know our exact location, I figured we over western Nebraska somewhere.She said she couldn’t because of security reasons!
    My first thought was that they were from the wind, that’s sort of the general direction. Later on I had the thought that they pointed toward Yellow Stone National Park and maybe they were from an explosion from there.

  6. I just came across this theory of the saginaw impact and the carolina bays. My mind is absolutely on fire! I can’t get enough info on this concept. It’s so clear that this actually happened, how can there be any doubt! As to Big Al’s idea of a Yellow blast it’s deffinitely happened numerous times. Can a chem analysis be done to see if the sand in The Carolinas Nebraska Colorado, Kanas And Texas are the same make up. I look forward to reading more on this subject.

  7. Some people have all the fun!! I was thinking about the yellowstone comment and I don’t think it works out. I believe it’s been 400-450,000 years since the last major blast from there. And mother nature should have erased any trace by now. I think I would use the trajectory formulas and see where it takes me.

  8. Big Al; As I said in my last post I think Yellowstone was too old so I checked around and asked about the Gulf of Mexico blast But that’s butthat’s even older. So back to running the line from Seatle to the Gulf of Mexico. Jim

  9. Big Al, Jim Coyle,

    if you scroll up this self-same page, you get to all the pretty CB pics that George has posted in this blog of his. All these are presumed to be from the Saginaw impact:

    The last two are from Nebraska, — are those bays the ones you guys are talking about?

  10. Herman; I don’t believe these are the ones Big Al was talking about. He said his were orientated NW to SE and over in Western Neb. The ones pictured are in the eastern portion of the state.

  11. I heard on the news the other night about a lunar impact that happened last March 21. I’m glad the media is on top of everything. I was wondering if anyone else has any more details or info. Thanks

  12. I and a group of friends are investigating a area north of Meadow Grove Nebraska for a old WWII plane crash site between 537 ave to 539 ave and 851 rd and 853 rd. a 2 mile by 2 mile area which needs to be scanned really well, as well as 540 ave to 541 ave 847 rd 848 road. 1 mile by one mile, there is also a area target on 541 ave and 850 rd. How much would it take to scan at least the 2 by 2 mile area, Hoping to find the crash site for a memorial. thanks Chad Lenox