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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS025-E-6163 Date: Oct. 2010
Geographic Region: PERU

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  Nevado Coropuna, Peru

Nevado ("snowy" or "snowy peak" in Spanish) Coropuna is the highest volcanic peak in Peru; the summit elevation is 6,377 meters (20,900 feet) above sea level. Rather than being a single stratovolcano, Coropuna is a complex of numerous summit cones. The complex covers an area of 240 square kilometers (92.6 square miles) within the Ampato mountain range (Cordillera Ampato) in southeast-central Peru. While the exact date of the volcano's last eruption is not known, lava flows along the northern, southern, and western flanks are thought to have been placed during the early Holocene Epoch--the current geologic time, which began approximately 12,000 years ago.

Coropuna also hosts several summit glaciers and ice fields that contrast sharply with the dark rock outcrops and surface deposits at lower elevations. Glacial deposits and lateral moraines on the flanks of Coropuna indicate that glaciers once extended to much lower elevations than observed today. Careful mapping and surface exposure age-dating of these deposits and landforms provides data on the timing of ice advances and retreats in the tropics near the end of the Pleistocene Epoch (extending from about 2.5 million to 12,000 years ago). This information can be compared with other paleoclimate records to obtain a better understanding of how Earth's climate has changed over geologic time.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 217k
Mission: ISS025  
Roll - Frame: E - 6163
Geographical Name: PERU  
Center Lat x Lon: 15.5S x 72.6W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
Camera: N2
Camera Tilt: 32   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 180  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: S   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?:   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 101  
Date: 20101006   YYYYMMDD
Time: 175030   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 13.6S  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 72W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 293   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 194   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 70   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Water Views: ICE  
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