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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS61A-43-42 Date: Nov. 1985
Geographic Region: ETHIOPIA
Feature: DANAKIL DEPR., AFRERA L.

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  STS61A-43-0042 Denakil Desert, Eritrea and Ethiopia November 1985
The Denakil Desert, one of the most hostile environments in the world, can be seen in this high-oblique, northeast-looking photograph. This part of the great Rift Valley, known as the Afar Triangle, stretches north-south 350 miles (570 kilometers), varying in width from 50 to 250 miles (80 to 400 kilometers). Bounded on the north and east by the Red Sea and on the west by the highlands of Ethiopia (both visible in the photograph), much of this extremely hot and dry desert is below sea level. Erta Alle (dark gray area near the center of the photograph), a large shield volcano referred to as the "smoking volcano" by local tribesmen, has been in a constant state of eruption since the late 1960s. Just north of Erta Alle Volcano are the Dalol Salt Flats. Formerly a shallow lake, the area now sits 400 feet (120 meters) below sea level and is covered with salt deposits, some of which are estimated to be 3 miles (5 kilometers) thick. Across the Red Sea, the Hijaz Mountains are visible. Beyond these mountains are the northwestern portions of the Empty Quarter Desert of Saudi Arabia. The Denakil is a great example of the forces of nature at work, altering and changing the landscape.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 122k
Mission: STS61A  
Roll - Frame: 43 - 42
Geographical Name: ETHIOPIA  
Features: DANAKIL DEPR., AFRERA L.  
Center Lat x Lon: 14.0N x 41.0E
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: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 100  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: N   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: 42  
 
Date: 19851102   YYYYMMDD
Time: 071110   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 8.7N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 38.7E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 128   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 175   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 52   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: VOLCANO, RIFT, FAULT, VALLEY, COAST, ESCARPMENT  
Water Views: SEA  
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