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Spacecraft nadir point: 20.8° S, 164.3° E

Photo center point: 21.0° S, 164.5° E

Nadir to Photo Center: Southeast

Spacecraft Altitude: 231 nautical miles (428km)
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Image Caption:
Near-vertical view of the eastern portion of New Caledonia, using
color film and the 250mm lens. The nearly-continuous fringing
reefs show up very well. The complex mountain chain along the
center of the island is made of ancient oceanic crust and sub-
crustal rocks that were shoved up by plate-tectonic processes.
These rocks contain heavy metal deposits, particularly nickel and
chrome, that are being mined at present (reddish scars). Poten-
tial run-off of mine waste into the coral lagoons is of environ-
mental concern. S33-73-62.