Thursday, May 22, 2014

Little Planets la Hougue Normandy

La Hougue is a fort built out on an outcrop of rock that juts out into the sea near the port of St Vaast La Hougue. The fort walls are built around the rocks and out in the sea on its south side with a 12 foot (4 metre) drop on each side.
Stereograpic projection 360 degrees La Hougue
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Stereograpic projection 360 degrees La Hougue

The fort was built in 1694 by S├ębastien Le Prestre de Vauban a military engineer and Marshall of France. Originally planned to be self-sufficient, with cisterns and magazines, that would enable between 40 and 80 men to withstand a siege.


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Stereograpic projection 360 degrees La Hougue and Fort Walls

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The outcrop was caused by the tides, the lighter rocks and silts moving easily with the currents making it possible at low tides to walk out to the neighbouring island of Tatihou. The Granite the fort is built on is more permanent causing a shallow bay to form on the land side ideal for oyster beds.

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Map of Area around La Hougue

‘little planets’, are images that are created out of 360 degree panoramic photos, and then mapping this flat plane onto a spherical one. You can imagine it as a way of picturing a sphere as a plane. It has practical uses in, Geology,  and Cartography. The process is known as Stereographic Projection.
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