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LOCATION Direction Photo #: STS41G-44-19 Date: Oct. 1984
Geographic Region: USA-CALIFORNIA

STS41G-044-0019 Mono Lake, California, U.S.A. October 1985
Located on the eastern side of the high, snow-covered Sierra Nevada, Mono Lake can be seen in the center of this north-northwest-looking, low-oblique photograph. The lake, 14 miles (23 kilometers) long and 9 miles (14 kilometers) wide, is unique in that it is fed by numerous springs that rise to the surface through beds of saline sands. Though the lake is saline, it teems with life. Microscopic algae thrive on the mineral salts and are, in turn, preyed upon by millions of brine shrimp, a species of shrimp found nowhere else in the world. Millions of brine flies feed on other algae found in the lake. This aggregation of food attracts more than 1 million birds to the lake each year. This entire ecosystem, however, is in danger of extinction because water is being drawn from the lake in great volumes to supply the thirsty population of metropolitan Los Angeles. When this photograph was taken in 1985, the lake's water volume had already decreased, as evidenced by the exposed shoreline surrounding the lake. Water levels have continued to decline since 1985, and the salinity of the lake has doubled--disturbing trends that State and Federal Government agencies are attempting to halt.

Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 145k
Mission: STS41G  
Roll - Frame: 44 - 19
Geographical Name: USA-CALIFORNIA  
Center Lat x Lon: 38.0N x 119W
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: 34   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?: N   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 119  
Date: 19841012   YYYYMMDD
Time: 192813   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 39.1N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 119.8W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 135   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 123   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 43   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Water Views: LAKE  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views:  
City Views:  

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