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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS079-835-68 Date: Sep. 1996
Geographic Region: NEW ZEALAND-SI

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  STS079-835-68 Canterbury Plain, Southern Alps, New Zealand September 1996
In this west-looking view, the snow-covered Southern Alps of central South Island, New Zealand can be seen. Running southwest to northeast along the western coast of South Island, the Southern Alps are rugged mountains made up of numerous peaks in excess of 9842 feet (3000 meters). Within the Southern Alps, there are over 3100 active glaciers. Evergreen woodlands dot the western coast and many glacial lakes are visible on the eastern slopes of the mountains. Just below the center of the image, the Canterbury Plain, the largest area of fertile, flat land in New Zealand, is visible. Braided rivers up to 16 miles (25 km) wide are discernible crossing the plain. The Banks Peninsula, formed following a violent eruption of two volcanoes, extends outward from the east coast into the Pacific Ocean. The peninsula is 35 miles (56 km) long and 25 miles (40 km) wide. The bright area off the west coast of the island is caused by sun glint off the waters of the Tasman Sea.

New Zealand is on the tectonic plate boundary between the Pacific and the Indian-Australian plates. In the center of the view, the near-vertical Alpine fault zone sharply defines the plate edge. The coastal zone west of the fault is moving north (to the right) relative to the alpine country on the opposite side. Farther north (right edge of frame) the fault zone begins to step northeastward from South Island to North Island; this view clearly illustrates the change in fault pattern at the jog in the plate boundary.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 348k
Mission: STS079  
Roll - Frame: 835 - 68
Geographical Name: NEW ZEALAND-SI  
Center Lat x Lon: 44.5S x 170.5E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 5
Camera: HB
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 100  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: W   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: 76  
Date: 19960921   YYYYMMDD
Time: 033401   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 44.4S  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 177.0E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 299   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 207   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 26   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Water Views: LAKE, RIVER  
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