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ISS018-E-8065

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Identification

Mission: ISS018 Roll: E Frame: 8065 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS018
Country or Geographic Name: BOLIVIA
Features: PARAPETI RIVER, AGRICULTURE, FOR.
Center Point: Latitude: -19.8 Longitude: -63.0 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Stereo: (Yes indicates there is an adjacent picture of the same area)
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Camera Tilt: 14
Camera Focal Length: 180mm
Camera: N2: Nikon D2Xs
Film: 4288E : 4288 x 2848 pixel CMOS sensor, RGBG imager color filter.

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Film Exposure:
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 25 (11-25)

Nadir

GMT Date: 20081109 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 132333 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: -19.9, Longitude: -62.2 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Nadir to Photo Center Direction: West
Sun Azimuth: 92 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 192 nautical miles (356 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 55 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 1140

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Progressive Forest Clearing, Bolivia

The eastern half of Bolivia is covered with tropical rainforest. In the 1990s, Bolivia initiated a large-scale effort to increase the rate of logging and create tracts of land for commercial agriculture (primarily soy and sugar cane, but also coca) on the Amazon Basin side of the Andean highlands. Today, the commercial fields are well-established and easily mapped from space as large, rectangular clearings in the forest. The agricultural developments are still growing today. The clearings start off as small rectangles arranged perpendicular to an access road; early clearings take on a herring-bone pattern when viewed from above. The uncleared (dark forest) areas are gradually logged and cultivated, filling in the pattern to make a larger cleared area.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) routinely observe intensive land use and document their observations through imagery so that changes can be identified. This image provides a detailed view of today’s landscape, showing completely cleared regions that stretch for more than 10 km.

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