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Spacecraft nadir point: 28.2° S, 43.3° E

Photo center point: 22.0° S, 45.5° E

Nadir to Photo Center: North

Spacecraft Altitude: 289 nautical miles (535km)
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Image Caption: This high oblique view shows the majority of the island of Madagascar (22.0S, 45.5E). This Texas sized island is now largely deforested and is suffering from severe soil erosion as well as a declining biological species diversity and productivity. At the turn of the century, the island was almost totally forested but now, forests cover only about 10 percent of the surface. Evidence of soil erosion can be seen in the offshore sediment plumes.