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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS046-74-94 Date: na 1992
Geographic Region: PERSIAN GULF
Feature: KUWAIT CITY, FIRE SCARS

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  STS046-74-94 Kuwait City, Kuwait August 1992
This photograph provides evidence that the reclamation process created by the naturally occurring desert winds is well under way just 1.5 years after Saddam Hussein ordered all oil wells in Kuwait to be set on fire. The large dark spots in the photograph are standing pools of oil. Kuwait City is clearly visible on the south side of Kuwait Bay. The sediment plume surrounding Bubiyan and Faylaka Islands is mostly coming from the joint Euphrates and Tigris River Delta, the main body of which is outside the photo. (Refer to STS-037-152-091 for a photograph of the same area taken in April 1991, two months after the oil wells were ignited.)

This view of the northern Persian Gulf shows Kuwait City and the Tigris and Euphrates River Deltas (29.5N, 48.5E). The oil laden sands and oil lakes of the Kuwait Oil Fields to the north and south of the city are clearly visible as dark patches surrounded by oil free desert sands. Comparison with earlier photos indicate that the oil laden sands are slowly being covered with clean sand carried by strong NW winds called Shmals.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 66k
Mission: STS046  
Roll - Frame: 74 - 94
Geographical Name: PERSIAN GULF  
Features: KUWAIT CITY, FIRE SCARS  
Center Lat x Lon: 29.5N x 48.5E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 0
 
Camera: HB
 
Camera Tilt: LO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction:   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?: N   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number:  
 
Date: 1992____   YYYYMMDD
Time:   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth:   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude:   nautical miles
Sun Elevation:   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: DESERT, COAST, PLAIN  
Water Views: CHANNEL, BAY, GULF, SEDIMENT, DELTA  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views: DRILLING, URBAN AREA, AIRPORT, POLLUTION  
City Views: KUWAIT CITY  
Associated Photos in Sequence:

IMAGEPhoto #: STS037-152-91
Description: KUWAIT OIL FIRES-APRIL, 1991
Sequence ID: 2A

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Photo #: STS040-74-D
Description: KUWAIT OIL FIRES-JUNE, 1991
Sequence ID: 2B

IMAGEPhoto #: STS044-75-27
Description: KUWAIT, POST-FIRES--NOVEMBER, 1991
Sequence ID: 2C

IMAGEPhoto #: STS046-74-94 ** Currently displayed photo **
Description: KUWAIT, POST-FIRES--AUGUST, 1992
Sequence ID: 2D



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