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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS41B-39-2159 Date: Feb. 1984
Geographic Region: BAHAMAS
Feature: BIGHT OF ACKLINS BAY

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  STS41B-39-2159 Crooked Island and Acklins Island, Bahamas February 1984
Two of the many islands that make up the Bahamas are highlighted in this near-vertical photograph—Crooked Island to the northwest, separated by the Bight of Acklins from Acklins Island, the elongated, eastward island. The Bahamas comprise a dramatic combination of carbonate banks, islands, and deep water channels that have built up during the past 70 million years. Coral and algal reefs abound in the warm, shallow water. The strikingly different shades of blue provide a wealth of information about the water—the lighter shades, for example, show a variety of features within the very shallow waters, including constantly changing small banks, channels, ripples, shoals, grass, and algal beds. The dropoff from the shallow depths of generally less than 50 feet (15 meters) to depths exceeding 1000 feet (300 meters), represented by the darker blue, is abrupt and precipitous. Clarity of the water throughout the Bahamas primarily results from their distance from continental sediment sources. These two islands have not experienced the fairly rapid economic, tourist-related growth that many of the other Bahamas have experienced; however, several roads and two airport runways are visible.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 85k
Mission: STS41B  
Roll - Frame: 39 - 2159
Geographical Name: BAHAMAS  
Features: BIGHT OF ACKLINS BAY  
Center Lat x Lon: 22.5N x 74W
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 5
 
Camera: HB
 
Camera Tilt: NV   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction:   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: 18  
 
Date: 198402__   YYYYMMDD
Time:   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth:   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude:   nautical miles
Sun Elevation:   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: ISLAND  
Water Views: LAGOON, OCEAN, REEF  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views: AIRPORT  
City Views:  
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