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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS043-E-122588 Date: Apr. 2015
Geographic Region: BOLIVIA

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  Laguna Colorada, Bolivia

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station took this detailed image of the brightly colored Laguna Colorada, unique in this part of the Bolivian Andes Mountains and a well-known feature to astronauts. The lack of atmospheric haze at great altitude--the lake lies at 4300 m above sea level (14,100 feet)--helps make images of the region especially clear. The strong red-brown color of this shallow, 10 km-long lake is derived from algae that thrive in its salty water. But the lake occasionally has green phases because different algae display different colors, the type being determined by the changing salinity and temperature of the water. As the lake water evaporates in the desert climate it becomes saline. Snow-capped volcanoes appear image top center and lower left. Ancient shorelines show that the lake has been larger in the past.

Laguna Colorada is the center of a wild-life reserve (listed in 1990 as a "Ramsar Wetland of International Importance")and home to large numbers of flamingo. Access roads on three sides of the lake are used by tourists who visit these other-worldly landscapes.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 90k
Mission: ISS043  
Roll - Frame: E - 122588
Geographical Name: BOLIVIA  
Center Lat x Lon: 22.2S x 67.8W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
Camera: N6
Camera Tilt: 06   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 400  
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: 20150416   YYYYMMDD
Time: 154424   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 21.9S  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 67.6W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 21   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 218   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 56   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: DESERT  
Water Views: LAKE, SEA  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views:  
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