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3D Photography of the Powell Survey of Colorado River Canyon Country
This collection of 3D (anaglyphic) images is derived from photography that Major John Wesley Powell commissioned to document his Second Expedition (1871-1872) and later expeditions on the Colorado Plateau. Now-famous localities such as the Green River, Flaming Gorge, Dinosaur National Monument, Glen Canyon, and the Grand Canyon are documented. The images were created by modifying the original stereo photography. Red-and-cyan 3D viewing glasses are needed to get the 3D stereoscopic effects. Standard versions of the same images are also provided. Each image is accompanied by a brief description of the scene.
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  • Intermediate (3-5)
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  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
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Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Photograph
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
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Cost / Copyright:
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DLESE Catalog ID: USGS-ED-000-000-000-037
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Publisher: United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Geology of National Parks

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Educational Resources
United States Geological Survey (USGS)

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Educational Resources
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