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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS055-E-31116 Date: Apr. 2018
Geographic Region: CANADA-BC

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  Bounty of the Pacific Northwest

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station shot this springtime photograph of the snow-covered regions of British Columbia (Canada) and the U.S. state of Washington. Both cities of Vancouver, as well as the island, were named for Captain George Vancouver, a British Royal Navy officer best known for his exploration of the northwestern Pacific Coast in the late 1700s. (Note: Vancouver, Washington, is just beyond the top edge of the image.)

After the expeditions by Vancouver and later by Lewis and Clark in the early 1800s, American and European pioneers flocked to the region. This area of the Pacific Northwest, specifically near the Salish Sea and the Columbia River, became popular for fur trading between Native people and European and American explorers in the early 1800s.

By the late 1800s, newcomers quickly realized the potential of another natural resource, which led to a flourishing commercial salmon industry in the 1890s. The region is still a major exporter of wild salmon and now farmed salmon, too; British Columbia's largest agrifood export is actually Atlantic salmon. The area is also popular with tourists who visit the region's lakes and rivers to fish for trout, sturgeon, and salmon.

Prominent in this photo is the snow-capped Cascade Volcanic Arc, a range of thirteen major volcanic centers that runs from northern California to coastal British Columbia. The volcanoes are fueled by subduction along the edges of two tectonic plates. Many of them became active about 36 million years ago, with the most recent activity being ash and steam eruptions and summit dome growth at Mount St. Helens that ended in 2008.

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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 816k
Mission: ISS055  
Roll - Frame: E - 31116
Geographical Name: CANADA-BC  
Center Lat x Lon: 49.0N x 124W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
Camera: N8
Camera Tilt: 53   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 25  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: E   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: 20180422   YYYYMMDD
Time: 185145   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 50.1N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 128.6W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 142   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 214   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 47   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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