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Image Caption: STS040-609-043 Southern California, U.S.A. June 1991
This partially cloud-covered, high-oblique photograph shows the diversity of southern California landscapes, including the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley, the Mojave Desert, and the snowcapped Sierra Nevada Mountains, east of which lie three major valleys--Owens River Valley, Panamint Valley, and Death Valley. Within these valleys several large, dry lakes (playas) can be identified by their highly reflective surfaces. The mottled green area within the San Joaquin Valley indicates irrigated agricultural fields.