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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS063-E-19838 Date: May 2020
Geographic Region: INDIA

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  Brahmaputra River Northeast India

An astronaut took this near-nadir photograph of one of Asia's largest rivers, the Brahmaputra. The mighty river appears as two major channels; several small islands sit within them and a large island separates them. Together they form a Brahmaputra floodplain that measures fully 10 kilometers (6 miles) in width. The channels appear brighter than those of the other rivers in this photo because they are near the Sun's glint point.

Two big tributaries, the Dibang and Lohit Rivers, flow nearby and join the Brahmaputra just outside the photo to the left. (The flow of the rivers in this scene is broadly west.) The Brahmaputra eventually joins the Ganges River in Bangladesh about 850 kilometers (525 miles) to the southwest, and both empty into the Bay of Bengal. The Brahmaputra is Asia's second largest river by discharge, after the Changjiang River in China. As measured at its confluence with the Ganges, the Brahmaputra River discharges 612 billion cubic meters per year, or 135 trillion gallons.

South Asia's monsoon rainfall regime brings heavy rain to this part of India from March through June, feeding the river and floodplain. Tropical forest is the natural vegetation of this landscape.

Human-built features seem minuscule here compared to the river channels. Most of the area includes land under cultivation, which appears as numerous small and irregular plots. Farms along the riverbanks are especially prone to damage and destruction by floods and by the persistent erosion of the banks. Linear features include roads and a 4-kilometer (2.4 mile) long bridge crossing the Lohit River.

Note, however, that the sector of the Brahmaputra floodplain (top left) displays no agricultural plots. It is a protected natural area within the Daying Ering (also known as D'Ering) Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 791k
Mission: ISS063  
Roll - Frame: E - 19838
Geographical Name: INDIA  
Center Lat x Lon: 27.8N x 95.5E
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: 18   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 500  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: N   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: 20200528   YYYYMMDD
Time: 083038   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 26.7N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 96.0E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 273   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 224   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 49   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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