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IdentificationMission: ISS001 Roll: E Frame: 5317 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS01
Country or Geographic Name: BELIZE
Features: CHETUMAL BAY
Center Point Latitude: 18.0 Center Point Longitude: -88.0 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
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Camera: E2: Kodak DCS460 Electronic Still Camera
Film: 3060E : 3060 x 2036 pixel CCD, RGBG array.
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 10 (0-10)
NadirGMT Date: 20010123 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: (HHMMSS)
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CaptionsISS001-E-5317 Chetumal Bay, Ambergris Cay
Chetumal Bay lies on the Border between Mexico and Belize. To the east of the bay, Ambergris Cay connects the Belize Barrier Reef to the Yucatan Peninsula. The north of the island is Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve. Here, the barrier reef comes very close to the east side of the island. In 1998, reefs in Belize were hit by two major events that led to heavy coral mortality: El Niņo-related
coral bleaching and Hurricane Mitch.
Astronaut photographs of coral reefs are being used to provide perspective on coral reef geography, coastal development, and related land habitats. Numerous photographs taken by astronauts were included in the recently published World Atlas of Coral Reefs (click to read the recent press release). Coral reef images acquired by astronauts can also be used as mapping data in more
detailed remote sensing applications.
Images of coral reef areas are being acquired by astronauts on Space Station Alpha as part of the Crew Earth Observations Project. Coral reefs are one of the areas selected as a scientific theme for this project (see also the recent Earth Observatory article, Mapping the Decline of Coral Reefs).
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