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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS039-603-12 Date: Apr. 1991
Geographic Region: MONGOLIA

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  STS039-603-012 Altai Mountains, Mongolia May 1991
This south-southwest-looking, low-oblique photograph shows the central portion of the snow-covered Altai Mountains and the dry basin known as the Valley of the Lakes of northwestern Mongolia. The Altai Mountains are a complex, uplifted mountain system rich in deposits of gold, silver, mercury, iron, lead, zinc, and copper, but because of remoteness, many mineral resources have not been tapped fully. Precipitation in the basins is very sparse, but meltwater from glaciers feeds many small streams that descend into basins and form salt lakes. Winters are extremely cold, and summers can be very hot for short periods. Visible in this photograph are four salt lakes--Doroo Lake near the center of the photograph; Har Lake to its north; lobster-claw-shaped Har Us Lake, the largest of the lakes, whose length is almost 40 miles (64 kilometers); and Ayrag Lake to the far northeast into which the Dzavhan River empties.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 130k
Mission: STS039  
Roll - Frame: 603 - 12
Geographical Name: MONGOLIA  
Features: ALTAI MTS., V. OF LAKES  
Center Lat x Lon: 47.5N x 93.0E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 0
Camera: RX
Camera Tilt: LO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 100  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: NE   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?: N   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 26  
Date: 19910430   YYYYMMDD
Time: 010400   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 44.9N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 88.6E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 90   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 138   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 21   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Water Views: RIVER, LAKE  
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