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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS014-E-16597 Date: Mar. 2007
Geographic Region: UK-ENGLAND
Feature: ISLES OF SCILLY, WAVES, SED.

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  Isles of Scilly, UK:
The Isles of Scilly, an archipelago of approximately 150 islands, are located some 44 kilometers southwest of the westernmost point of England (Land’s End). The islands are an eroded remnant of granite rock that intruded into the Earth’s crust from deeper underground. They have been inhabited for over 4,000 years, and historical and geological evidence on the Isles indicates that many of the islands were larger and/or connected in the recent past. Local subsidence (sinking) or rising sea level—or both—made the connections among the islands possible. Even today, it is possible to walk between certain islands during low tides.

This astronaut photograph illustrates the geographic configuration of the archipelago and its effect on ocean wave patterns. Long, linear swells oriented northeast-southwest and moving to the southeast (from image upper left to lower right) are diffracted (bent) as they approach the coastlines and small shoals of the Isles. The wave diffraction forms complex interacting surface patterns that are most clearly visible southwest of St. Mary’s island (image left). The dominant ocean wave pattern resumes to the southeast of St. Mary’s, but with an additional northwest-southeast pattern superimposed, possibly due to winds originating in the English channel to the east (not shown). Suspended, tan-colored sediments visible within and around the archipelago come from wave erosion of the granite that forms the islands and from remobilization of beach sands. Bright white areas in the photograph are waves breaking on shoals.

The Isles have been designated a United Kingdom Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty due to their unique landscape, ecology, and historical significance. The potential effect of rising sea level on the Isles is a primary concern for both long-term ecosystem health and human habitability.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 268k
Mission: ISS014  
Roll - Frame: E - 16597
Geographical Name: UK-ENGLAND  
Features: ISLES OF SCILLY, WAVES, SED.  
Center Lat x Lon: 49.9N x 6.3W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
 
Camera: E4
 
Camera Tilt: 30   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 400  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: SE   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: 3519  
 
Date: 20070310   YYYYMMDD
Time: 125713   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 51.3N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 7.4W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 185   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 183   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 35   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: EROSION, ISLAND  
Water Views: CHANNEL, OCEAN, SEA, WAVE  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views:  
City Views: ST. MARYS  
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