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Spacecraft nadir point: 26.2° S, 27.3° E

Photo center point: 26.5° S, 31.5° E

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Spacecraft Altitude: 263 nautical miles (487km)
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Image Caption:
View eastward across the nation of Swaziland. An excellent use of
sunglint provides regional insight into the entire drainage basin
of the Usutu River. The streams begin in still-forested upland in
the foreground, along the border with The Union of South Africa.
Above the river crossing of the prominent Lebombo Mountains, the
Usutu traverses a wide bend, known as Big Bend, where Swaziland's
major sugar cane plantations operate. Sinuousities of the incised
drainage, though partly controlled by geological structure, in-
crease downstream as discharge increases, just as meanders of al-
luvial rivers do. A similar relationship has been observed in
many incised meandering streams wordwide (Dietrich and Amsbury,
1986). S33-71-077.