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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS047-97-21 Date: Sep. 1992
Geographic Region: USA-UTAH
Feature: GREAT SALT LAKE AREA

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  STS047-097-021 Great Salt Lake, Utah, U.S.A. September 1992
This near-vertical photograph shows the Great Salt Lake of northern Utah, the largest salt lake in North America. With an area of more than 2000 square miles (5180 square kilometers), the Great Salt Lake is approximately 83 miles (134 kilometers) long and 51 miles (82 kilometers) wide. The average depth of the lake is 13 feet (4 meters); however, in the southern portion, depths reach 35 feet (11 meters). The lake is divided by a railroad bed that traverses the lake east-west near its center. The difference in the colors (dark blue to the south and light blue to the north of the railroad bed) is due to the depth and salinity. The railroad bed, which restricts the flow of water from one part of the lake to the other, causes the northern portion to be shallower and have a higher concentration of salt. The lake is fed by three separate rivers coming from the Wasatch Mountain Range to the east, but it has no drainage outlet. The Great Salt Lake varies in size and depth from year to year depending on rainfall. The lake is a remnant of the prehistoric Lake Bonneville, which covered an extensive area of the Great Basin and was once more than 1000 feet (300 meters) deep. The Great Salt Lake Desert west of the lake was part of this prehistoric lake. Other features visible in the photograph include the forested Wasatch Mountain Range. Many cities are visible between the mountains and the lake, including Salt Lake City, which is south-southeast of the lake. The northern portion of sediment-laden Utah Lake south of Salt Lake City is also visible in the photograph.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 121k
Mission: STS047  
Roll - Frame: 97 - 21
Geographical Name: USA-UTAH  
Features: GREAT SALT LAKE AREA  
Center Lat x Lon: 41.0N x 113W
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: 30   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 100  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: S   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?: Y   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 50  
 
Date: 19920915   YYYYMMDD
Time: 163036   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 42.6N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 112.7W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 123   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 168   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 34   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: MOUNTAIN, DESERT, FAULT  
Water Views: LAKE  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views: URBAN AREA  
City Views:  
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