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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS094-723-83 Date: Jul. 1997
Geographic Region: HONDURAS
Feature: GULF OF FONSECA

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  STS094-723-083 Gulf of Fonseca, Nicaragua/Honduras July 1997
Three Central American countries—El Salvador (northwest), Honduras (east), and Nicaragua (south)—share the Gulf of Fonseca. Although the gulf is fairly large in size, measuring 70 miles (113 km) in northwest—southeast extent, its fragile ecosystem is being damaged at an alarming rate. The gulf’s two major natural resources (mangrove forests and fisheries) are being depleted with serious consequences to the long-term effects of the marine environment, specifically the shrimp industry. Poorly marked international boundaries within the gulf have only exacerbated the economic problem. The angular patterns at the southeast end of the gulf are ponds used for the production of shrimp. The southeast end of the gulf also exhibits a large sediment plume in the water. The roughly oval-shaped feature near the north end of the Nicaraguan peninsula is the caldera of Cosiguina Volcano, a stratovolcano that last erupted in 1835. The summit of Cosiguina Volcano is 2818 feet (860 meters) above sea level and the caldera is approximately 1.2 miles (2 km) in diameter. The darker area that rings the caldera shows an area of dense, tropical vegetation.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 305k
Mission: STS094  
Roll - Frame: 723 - 83
Geographical Name: HONDURAS  
Features: GULF OF FONSECA  
Center Lat x Lon: 13.0N x 87.5W
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: 34   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 100  
 
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: 144  
 
Date: 19970710   YYYYMMDD
Time: 174254   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 13.0N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 85.7W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 7   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 160   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 81   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: VOLCANO, CALDERA  
Water Views: GULF, SEDIMENT  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views:  
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