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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS048-610-34 Date: Sep. 1991
Geographic Region: CHINA
Feature: GOBI DESERT, ALLUVIAL FAN

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  STS048-610-34 Alluvial Fan, Gansu Province, China September 1991
Alluvial fans, cones of sand and gravel, are commonplace in arid-to-semiarid mountain environments. This photograph shows an almost classic alluvial fan, approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) at its base, west of Yumenzhen in Gansu Province, which borders the southern edge of the Gobi Desert. The northwestern end of the Qilian Mountains is southeast of this large fan. These fans are built by intermittently flowing streams carrying coarse rocks that have been eroded from a mountainous or upland area. Although the braided channels downstream shift constantly, the apex of this fan is fixed at the mouth of a canyon. As the downstream channels switch back and forth, the sweeping action produces the semicircular shape. Near the base of the large fan lies the Hexi Corridor, a narrow ground transportation corridor that contains a road and a railroad whose exact locations are difficult to see because of the scale of the photograph and the lack of contrast in the desert.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 112k
Mission: STS048  
Roll - Frame: 610 - 34
Geographical Name: CHINA  
Features: GOBI DESERT, ALLUVIAL FAN  
Center Lat x Lon: 40.0N x 97.0E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
 
Camera: RX
 
Camera Tilt: 41   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: W   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: 68  
 
Date: 19910917   YYYYMMDD
Time: 102000   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 38.1N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 101.0E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 332   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 307   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: -29   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: MOUNTAIN, DESERT, ESCARPMENT, ALLUVIAL FAN  
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