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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS048-72-49 Date: Sep. 1991
Geographic Region: BOLIVIA
Feature: LAKE POOPO

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  STS048-72-49 Lake Poopó, Bolivia September 1991
Lake Poopó (also known as Lake Aullagas) in the Altiplano (high plains) of Bolivia stands out in this low-oblique, north-looking photograph. When full, this salt lake covers 965 square miles (2500 square kilometers). The lake is located more than 11 000 feet (3350 meters) above sea level and has an average depth of only 10 feet (3 meters). The lake is fed by the Desaguadero River (brown sediment-laden water at the north end of the lake) that receives its water from Lake Titicaca to the north. Lake Poopó is drained at its south end by a small river that follows a westward course and drains into the Salar de Coipasa (not visible in the photograph). During the melting of the last Andean ice age some 11 000 to 13 000 years ago, Poopó was part of a much larger glacial lake called Ballivian. This massive lake also included Salar de Coipasa, Salar de Uyuni, and Lake Titicaca. In recent years, water levels in Lake Poopó have been receding as evidenced by the bright white shoreline surrounding most of the lake. Water levels have also been receding at Lake Titicaca, thereby decreasing the flow of water into the Desaguadero River. Much lake water is also lost through evaporation caused by intense sunshine and strong winds. The marshy, dark area of former Lake Ura is visible north of the lake. The shallow waters of Lake Poopó rich in nutrients, are the wintering grounds for migrant wading birds from North America.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 181k
Mission: STS048  
Roll - Frame: 72 - 49
Geographical Name: BOLIVIA  
Features: LAKE POOPO  
Center Lat x Lon: 19S x 67W
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: 27   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: NW   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: 13  
 
Date: 19910913   YYYYMMDD
Time: 193907   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 21.2S  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 65.8W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 291   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 294   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 35   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: MOUNTAIN, FAULT  
Water Views: LAKE, SEDIMENT  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views:  
City Views:  
Associated Photos in Sequence:

IMAGEPhoto #: STS057-99-65
Description: PERU/BOLIVIA-1993; L. TITICACA, L. POOPO REGION-SYNOPTIC VIEW
Sequence ID: 6A

IMAGEPhoto #: SL3-115-1911
Description: BOLIVIA, LAKE POOPO-1973; LAKE LEVEL
Sequence ID: 6B

IMAGEPhoto #: STS51J-144-23
Description: BOLIVIA, LAKE POOPO-1985; LAKE LEVEL
Sequence ID: 6C

IMAGEPhoto #: STS026-40-64
Description: BOLIVIA, LAKE POOPO, LAKE COIPASA-1988; LAKE POOPO LAKE LEVEL
Sequence ID: 6D

IMAGEPhoto #: STS032-88-69
Description: BOLIVIA, LAKE POOPO-1990; LAKE LEVEL
Sequence ID: 6E

IMAGEPhoto #: STS048-72-49 ** Currently displayed photo **
Description: BOLIVIA, LAKE POOPO-1991; LAKE LEVEL CHANGES
Sequence ID: 6F

IMAGEPhoto #: STS064-91-22
Description: BOLIVIA, LAKE POOPO-1994; DECREASING LAKE LEVEL
Sequence ID: 6G

IMAGEPhoto #: STS073-735-47
Description: BOLIVIA, LAKE POOPO-1995; LAKE IS DRY
Sequence ID: 6H



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