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LOCATION Direction Photo #: STS075-706-82 Date: Mar. 1996
Geographic Region: PAKISTAN

STS075-706-082 Indus River Delta, Pakistan February 1996
The delta of the Indus River, the longest river in southwest Asia, is the highlight of this south-southeast-looking, low-oblique photograph. Fed by snowmelt and glacial meltwater from the mountains of the Tibet Plateau, the Indus River flows 1900 miles (3055 kilometers) before emptying into the Arabian Sea. After leaving the Tibet Plateau, the river flows onto the Punjab Plains of western Pakistan and through a vast alluvial lowland where it receives its major tributary, the Panjnad (five streams), which carries the united waters of the Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Beas, and Sutlej. In this severely arid landscape, the rivers form precarious strips of fertile land. At the mouth of the Indus, east of Karachi (not visible in the photograph), the large, swampy Indus River Delta is formed, which, unlike deltas of many other rivers, is composed of clay and infertile soils. The largest flow of the Indus occurs between June and late September, the summer monsoon season. The waters are used primarily for irrigation of agricultural crops; dams have been built to provide flood control and hydroelectricity.

Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 149k
Mission: STS075  
Roll - Frame: 706 - 82
Geographical Name: PAKISTAN  
Center Lat x Lon: 24.5N x 68.0E
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: LO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: SE   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: 134  
Date: 19960302   YYYYMMDD
Time: 041811   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 26.3N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 64.8E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 115   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 152   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 28   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: PLAIN, COAST  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views:  
City Views:  

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