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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS081-724-22 Date: Jan. 1997
Geographic Region: MEXICO

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  STS081-724-022 Laguna San Ignacio, Baja California, Mexico January 1997
The dark, finger-like protrusion of the Pacific Ocean that extends into the southwest coast of Baja California is called Laguna San Ignacio. Laguna San Ignacio is one of several breeding lagoons that gray whales use along the west coast of Baja California. Smaller estuaries (dark features) that parallel the coast are also visible. The flat, highly reflective terrain immediately west of the large lagoon has been converted into an area where salt ponds have been established for the commercial production of salt. Seawater is pumped through a series of gravity fed ponds thereby increasing the salt content through a natural evaporation process. The deeply eroded plateau structures northwest and especially southeast of the Laguna San Ignacio are part of a series of volcanic erosional surfaces that have formed along the west coast of Baja California. The single, narrow, light colored line is a road that connects the coastal area with the other parts of Baja California.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 332k
Mission: STS081  
Roll - Frame: 724 - 22
Geographical Name: MEXICO  
Center Lat x Lon: 27.0N x 113W
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:   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction:   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:  
Date: 199701__   YYYYMMDD
Nadir Lat: N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth:   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude:   nautical miles
Sun Elevation:   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: COAST  
Water Views: BAY, ESTUARY  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views: HIGHWAY  
City Views:  
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