STS036-151-171
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Spacecraft nadir point: 22.6° S, 34.8° E

Photo center point: 22.0° S, 35.0° E

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Spacecraft Altitude: 132 nautical miles (244km)
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S36-151-171: Bazaruto Island, Mozambique coast, southeast Africa
Bazaruto Island was for many years before the Mozambican revolu-
tion in the mid-70s, an outdoor playground for foreigners, espe-
cially South Africans who would fly and boat to this unspoiled,
crystal clear tropical lagoon. Fishing, boating, and scuba diving
are excellent in the area. Tourism of this type is being en-
couraged again for the first time in many years. At low tide,
the shallow submarine sandbanks in the lagoon inshore of Bazaruto
appear as brilliant swaths whose movement can be monitored from
space. The banks are generated by the ebb and flow of tides, so
that banks appear inshore and on the seaward side of lagoon
mouths. Experience from the Bahamas suggests that the sandbanks
are stable until a major storm, usually a hurricane, passes near-
by producing outsize waves which reach greater than normal
depths.