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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS039-E-3841 Date: Mar. 2014
Geographic Region: JAPAN

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  Hokkaido agriculture, Northern Japan

Unusually heavy snows fell on northern Japan this winter. Snow highlights the flat, fenced landscape used for agriculture in this image taken from the International Space Station. The large Tokachi River reaches the arc of the Pacific Ocean on Hokkaido's east coast. Forests on steeper hillsides mask the snow and appear dark (upper image margin and image center).

This detailed view taken with a long lens from more than 800 km (500 mi) away, shows the narrow greenbelt forests that line the coast. Planted in Japan for at least the last four centuries, greenbelts protect coastlines from storms and sand movement, and are increasingly providing recreation areas. Greenbelts also reduce tsunami wave energy, protecting houses and roads from floating debris. Greenbelt forests reduced the destructive effects of the 2011 tsunami at Sendai by "catching" entire seagoing vessels, preventing them from being washed inland.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 388k
Mission: ISS039  
Roll - Frame: E - 3841
Geographical Name: JAPAN  
Center Lat x Lon: 42.5N x 143.4E
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
Camera: N5
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 800  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: SW   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:  
Date: 20140321   YYYYMMDD
Time: 213410   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 47.1N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 151.6E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 107   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 221   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 16   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: COAST  
Water Views: OCEAN, RIVER  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views: AGRICULTURE  
City Views:  
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