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IdentificationMission: ISS005 Roll: E Frame: 9984 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS005
Country or Geographic Name: USA-TEXAS
Features: DENVER CITY, WASSON OIL FIELD
Center Point: Latitude: 33.0 Longitude: -103.0 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
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ONC Map ID: JNC Map ID:
CameraCamera Tilt: 18
Camera Focal Length: 800mm
Camera: E4: Kodak DCS760C Electronic Still Camera
Film: 3060E : 3060 x 2036 pixel CCD, RGBG array.
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 10 (0-10)
GMT Date: 20020817 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 181250 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 33.3, Longitude: -104.1 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: East
Sun Azimuth: 149 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 212 nautical miles (393 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 67 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 1367
CaptionsAgriculture and the petroleum industry compete for land use near Denver City, Texas, southwest of Lubbock near the New Mexico border. The economy of this region is almost completely dependent on its underground resources of petroleum and water. Both resources result in distinctive land use patterns visible from space. Historically this area has produced vast quantities of oil and gas since development began in the 1930’s. Note the fine, light-colored grid of roads and pipelines connecting well sites over this portion of the Wasson Oil Field, one of the state’s most productive. Since the 1940s, agricultural land use has shifted from grazing to irrigated cultivation of cotton, sorghum, wheat, hay, and corn. The water supply is drawn from wells tapping the vast, but failing, Ogallala Aquifer. Note the large, circular center-pivot irrigation systems in the lower corners of the image. The largest is nearly a mile in diameter.
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