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STS033-82-46
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Spacecraft nadir point: 10.7° S, 145.3° E

Photo center point: 8.5° S, 143.5° E

Nadir to Photo Center: Northwest

Spacecraft Altitude: 213 nautical miles (394km)
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The Fly River Basin/Delta T193

One of New Guinea's largest rivers is The Fly River which empties
into the Gulf of Papua. Because the drainage basin is so large,
and follows the border of two countries, siltation which results
from changing land use is particularly heavy. Coastal mangrove
and grass swamps and offshore reefs may be especially effected.

The mouth of the river is over 80 km wide; the entire delta was
photographed with a 100 mm lens (top). Below is a 250 mm view of
the mouth of the Fly River. (S33-89-021, 022 - top; S33-82-046 -
bottom)