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Spacecraft nadir point: 55.4° N, 111.4° W

Photo center point: 57.0° N, 111.5° W

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Spacecraft Altitude: 161 nautical miles (298km)
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Image Caption: STS028-082-032 Athabasca River, Alberta, Canada August 1989
The Athabasca River is visible as it flows northward across the boreal plain in northeast Alberta. The feature in the center of the image and along the western side of the Athabasca River is man made and is associated with the development of Athabasca oil sands. The location of Fort McMurray is identifiable near the bottom of the picture where the river makes a 90 degree turn (course change). The large dark feature near the top and east of the river is McClelland Lake and the smaller lake south of McClelland is Kearl Lake. Drainage patterns for several tributary streams can be identified in spite of dense vegetation in the undeveloped landscape.