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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS003-E-6632 Date: Oct. 2001
Geographic Region: CHINA
Feature: BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER

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  On October 13, 2000, the Expedition 3 crew of the International Space Station, high over Tibet, took this interesting photo of the Brahmaputra River. This mighty Asian river carves a narrow west-east valley between the Tibetan Plateau to the north and the Himalaya Mountains to the south, as it rushes eastward for more than 1500 km in southwestern China. This 15-km stretch is situated about 35 km south of the ancient Tibetan capital of Lhasa where the river flow becomes intricately braided as it works and reworks its way through extensive deposits of erosional material. This pattern is indicative of a combination heavy sediment discharge from tributaries and reduction of the river’s flow from either a change in gradient or perhaps even climate conditions over the watershed.

The light color of the deposits and the milky color of the water is attributed to presence of glacial “flour,” the fine material created by erosion from glaciers. Besides erosion by water and ice, this scene also depicts features created by wind. Note the delicate field of dunes on the alluvial fan toward the right edge of the image. The riverbed here is at an elevation of over 3,500 m, and with the long west-east extent of this barren valley, strong, persistent westerly winds also move and shape these deposits. Photos such as this one bring immediate visual understanding and appreciation of natural processes in some of the most remote locations on Earth.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 78k
Mission: ISS003  
Roll - Frame: E - 6632
Geographical Name: CHINA  
Features: BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER  
Center Lat x Lon: 29.5N x 91.0E
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
 
Camera: E2
 
Camera Tilt: 44   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 800  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: NE   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?:   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 554  
 
Date: 20011013   YYYYMMDD
Time: 083336   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 27.6N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 88.1E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 233   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 216   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 38   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: ALLUVIAL FAN, EROSION, VALLEY, MOUNTAIN  
Water Views: ICE, RIVER, SEDIMENT  
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