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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS052-E-6364 Date: Jun. 2017
Geographic Region: USA-PENNSYLVANIA
Feature: ERIE, L. ERIE, PRESQUE ISLE B., PENINSULA

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  Image Caption: Coastal Spit, Lake Erie

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station focused a long-lens camera on the southern coastline of Lake Erie. The curved peninsula of Presque Isle State Park juts into the Great Lake, while the city in the lower part of the image is the deep-water port of Erie, Pennsylvania. Several V-shaped wakes show boat traffic around the port.

The lake water just offshore tends to be light-toned because significant river and beach sediment is regularly moved eastward by the action of wind and waves. The detailed image shows the swells made by these winds.

Sediment has piled up to build this sand spit over thousands of years. Now covered with vegetation, Presque Isle State Park includes dozens of beach ridges—with each line representing a coastline from the past. The formation of the peninsula also has enclosed Presque Isle Bay, the site of modern port facilities.

Because the sediment is constantly moved along the shore by waves, the exposed beach facing the lake has been protected from erosion. To do this, many short breakwaters (barriers) have been built just offshore for nearly the entire length of the beach.

 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 301k
Mission: ISS052  
Roll - Frame: E - 6364
Geographical Name: USA-PENNSYLVANIA  
Features: ERIE, L. ERIE, PRESQUE ISLE B., PENINSULA  
Center Lat x Lon: 42.1N x 80.1W
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: 42   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 1150  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: W   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
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Date: 20170621   YYYYMMDD
Time: 210757   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 41.7N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 76.9W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 269   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 217   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 38   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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