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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS059-L17-31 Date: Apr. 1994
Geographic Region: MONGOLIA
Feature: PAN-VALLEY OF THE LAKES

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  STS059-L17-031 Valley of The Lakes, Western Mongolia April 1994
The snow-covered Altai Mountain system, trending northwest-southeast, straddles the border between western Mongolia and extreme northwest China. The Altai Mountains separate two very large, desert, sparsely inhabited regions—the Valley of the Lakes in western Mongolia and the Dzungarian Basin in northwestern China. The brownish intermontane basin of the Valley of the Lakes region shows an assortment of desert landforms—alluvial fans, inland river deltas, intermittently flowing streams, and dry lakebeds. The four larger lakes captured in this photograph are Uvs (the northernmost lake partially obscured by cirrus clouds); Hyargas (immediately south of Uvs); Hara and Doroo (south of Hyagas); and Har Us (west of Hara). Each of these lakes is fed by the runoff from glaciers and snowmelt from mountains. When this photograph was taken, most of these lakes were partially covered with ice. The intermittently flowing Dzavhan River, which runs generally east to west toward three of these lakes, is a very narrow watercourse that dramatically stands out against an otherwise barren landscape. Two sizable Chinese lakes are visible southwest of the Altai Mountains.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 57k
Mission: STS059  
Roll - Frame: L17 - 31
Geographical Name: MONGOLIA  
Features: PAN-VALLEY OF THE LAKES  
Center Lat x Lon: 49.0N x 91.5E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 20
 
Camera: LH
 
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 90  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: NW   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: 78  
 
Date: 19940414   YYYYMMDD
Time: 053100   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 45.5N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 94.8E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 176   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 116   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 54   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: MOUNTAIN, GLACIER, VALLEY, DESERT  
Water Views: LAKE  
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