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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS057-E-55414 Date: Oct. 2018
Geographic Region: USA-MONTANA

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  Missouri Plateau

An astronaut shot this oblique photograph of the Missouri Plateau, where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains of central-northwest United States. Across the scene, six national forests and grasslands stand at higher elevations in Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota. Toward the horizon, the Missouri River is faintly visible snaking across North Dakota.

The Missouri Plateau is a gently sloping region that rises above the flatter plains. The lighter brown areas of land in the photo are deeply cut by braided rivers, and the land is often utilized for livestock pastures and farming.

The western part of the plateau avoided glacial erosion during the most recent ice age. This prevented the Missouri Plateau from being flattened like the North Dakota plains beyond the Missouri River.

The Black Hills of South Dakota stand out in stark contrast to the surrounding plains. Some of the rocks in those hills are 2.5 billion years old. A combination of Laramide tectonics (65 million years ago) and the erosion of younger sedimentary rock layers created and exposed the Black Hills.

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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 1015k
Mission: ISS057  
Roll - Frame: E - 55414
Geographical Name: USA-MONTANA  
Center Lat x Lon: 46.0N x 109W
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: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 68  
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: 20181019   YYYYMMDD
Time: 220629   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 47.1N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 120.8W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 218   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 217   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 25   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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