STS036-152-202
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Spacecraft nadir point: 50.3° N, 29.6° E

Photo center point: 50.5° N, 29.5° E

Nadir to Photo Center: North

Spacecraft Altitude: 115 nautical miles (213km)
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S36-74-025 and S36-152-202: Kamchatka Ice patterns in water.
These possibly outline differences in water temperature and sa-
linity. Ice-free water near the coast (top center of slide) sug-
gests some coastal upwelling of warmer (slightly above freezing)
waters from depth. Where no such vertical circulation occurs (as
in the restricted bays), the water freezes. Near-shore circula-
tion entrains the warmer and colder, icy waters, forming the
spectacular patterns seen here.