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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS064-E-15818 Date: Dec. 2020
Geographic Region: GHANA

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  Ghana by the Sea

From low-Earth orbit, an astronaut looked south from the International Space Station (ISS) and shot this photograph of coastal Ghana. The image shows the Volta River Delta, with a smooth sandbar closing off Keta Lagoon from the Gulf of Guinea. Distributary channels of the delta show that the Volta River used to flow into the lagoon.

Keta Lagoon is one of approximately 90 lagoons along Ghana's coast, and it supports subsistence and commercial fisheries for local communities. The country's tropical climate also supports mangrove forests.

Vast river systems - including the Volta - flow down from highlands in Burkina Faso, south across Ghana, and into the Gulf of Guinea. These rivers support the farms that sustain the country's economy, producing crops such as yams, grains, cocoa, and oil palms.

As climate change contributes to sea level rise, coastal flooding and erosion pose an imminent threat to Ghana's coastal communities. Along a narrow strip of land between the lagoon and the gulf, the fishing village of Fuvemeh has been essentially swallowed by the sea, displacing its inhabitants. The shoreline here has been eroding at rates up to 2 meters per year, a dangerously rapid rate for coastal communities.

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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 415k
Mission: ISS064  
Roll - Frame: E - 15818
Geographical Name: GHANA  
Center Lat x Lon: 5.9N x .7E
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: 48   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 340  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: S   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: 20201226   YYYYMMDD
Time: 125336   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 10.0N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 0.2W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 201   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 225   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 54   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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