STS030-87-60
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Spacecraft nadir point: 28.2° N, 53.7° E

Photo center point: 28.0° N, 53.5° E

Nadir to Photo Center: Southwest

Spacecraft Altitude: 177 nautical miles (328km)
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Image Caption: Oblique southeastward view of the Zagros Ranges, southern Iran. Orient with the Persian Gulf to the upper right. Thick layers of limestone have been crumpled up - folded - by geological forces; the folding was aided by a layer of rock salt that underlies this area at a depth of several thousand feet. In places the salt flows to the surface in domes (for example, the elliptical dark brown patch marked by tiny clouds in the upper left). The climate is so dry that the salt is not completely dissolved by rainfall, but instead flows down the hillsides like glaciers.