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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS078-754-47 Date: Jun. 1996
Geographic Region: SAUDI ARABIA

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  STS078-754-047 Desert Farming, Saudi Arabia June 1996
The bright reflectance of sand and gravel serves as a background for the multitude of center pivot irrigated fields (circular features) in this desert region of southwest Saudi Arabia. This dry land farming technique is used extensively in several parts of arid Saudi Arabia. The circles are generally a kilometer in diameter and the intensively irrigated fields are used primarily for growing wheat and other cereal grains. Notice that many circular fields look faded indicating that they have not been replanted (either fallowing or taken out of production entirely), or the fields have only recently been replanted. Some of the fields also show that only parts of the fields (donut-shaped, semicircles) are currently being used for agriculture. The slightly elevated terrain near the bottom of the image with the entrenched stream drainage patterns (from formerly wetter times) is part of the Tuway Mountains. The thin, dark-looking western edge of the low mountainous terrain is a well-defined north-south oriented escarpment. Immediately adjacent to the west-facing escarpment, wadis (dry stream beds or watercourses) parallel the steep cliffs. Wadi al Hinw (bottom center) is the single east/west corridor through the escarpment.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 341k
Mission: STS078  
Roll - Frame: 754 - 47
Geographical Name: SAUDI ARABIA  
Center Lat x Lon: 20.5N x 45.0E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 0
Camera: HB
Camera Tilt: NV   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: NW   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?: Y   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 110  
Date: 19960627   YYYYMMDD
Time: 102627   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 19.3N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 46.4E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 285   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 146   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 69   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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Man Made Views: AGRICULTURE  
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