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THE AUSTRIAN ALPS

This is the second of a pair photos I shot as the Lufthansa flight on which I was flying from Istanbul to Munich neared Salzburg. The sky had been cloudy over Istanbul, as it would be over Munich, but over a small stretch of the Austrian Alps it was gloriously clear and crisp. The earlier image had been transmitted to TE only a few minutes after it was shot using the wireless internet available to passengers.

Geologically speaking, the Alps are a new mountain chain created by techtonic activity — the collision of the African plate with the European. The steep and jagged shapes of the Alps are explained by the action of retreating ice plates at the end of the last Ice Age, much later still, or about 9000 years ago. I know of no active volcanos in the Austrian Alps, as there are in Southern Italy and Sicily (e.g. Mt. Etna, Mt. Stroboli, and Mt. Vesuvius). Noneless, I was taken by the bowl-shaped formation seen in this image in the Alps that is so highly evocative of volcanic activity.

I performed minor correction with PhotoShop, by increasing the contrast, and cropping the image into a golden rectangle of length-to-width ratio 1:1.618. For more explanation about the shape, please see some of my earlier postings, e.g. "Battlefield," "Grafitti Art," and "Infinite Drop."

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