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Image Caption: STS009-49-2272 Vale of Kashmir This oblique northeast-looking view
shows the mountainous Vale of Kashmir and the peaks of the rugged
Karakoram Range. The valley, perched at an elevation of 1600 meters,
is 135 km long and 32 km wide. Mountain peaks surrounding the valley
range from 3600 to over 4900 meters. The Jhelum River meanders through
the heart of the valley. Fertile alluvial soil of the valley floor
produces rich yields of rice, corn, fruits, and vegetables. Once a
large shallow lake, the valley today is fed by meltwater from snow on
the surrounding peaks.