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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS006-E-22132 Date: Feb. 2003
Geographic Region: SOCIETY ISLANDS
Feature: HUAHINE, RAIATEA, BORA-BORA, TUPAI

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  In one frame International Space Station astronauts were able to capture the evolution of fringing reefs to atolls. As with the Hawaiian Islands, these volcanic hot spot islands become progressively older to the northwest. As these islands move away from their magma sources they erode and subside. The two large islands, Raiatea and Tahaa, share a single fringing reef. The next island to the northwest, Bora-Bora, consists of a highly eroded volcanic remnant with fringing reef. The last island, Tupai, signifies the destiny of these islands; the fringing reef has become an atoll with the central island below sea level.

More information and photographs of tropical islands is included in the Islands chapter of Oceanography from the Space Shuttle (Links to this were removed because they no longer work).
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 86k
Mission: ISS006  
Roll - Frame: E - 22132
Geographical Name: SOCIETY ISLANDS  
Features: HUAHINE, RAIATEA, BORA-BORA, TUPAI  
Center Lat x Lon: 16.5S x 151.5W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 25
 
Camera: E4
 
Camera Tilt: 43   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 85  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: E   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: 3990  
 
Date: 20030201   YYYYMMDD
Time: 231449   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 16.9S  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 154.8W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 267   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 212   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 80   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: ATOLL, ISLAND  
Water Views: REEF  
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