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STS046-83-16
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Spacecraft nadir point: 25.3° N, 95.1° W

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Spacecraft Altitude: 233 nautical miles (432km)
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STS46-083-016. These eddies were photographed in the western
Gulf of Mexico and appear to have formed along the edge of the
continental shelf. Frequently, large eddies pinch off of the
Loop Current in the SE portion of the gulf, which then migrate
westward. As the large eddies encounter the continental shelf in
the western gulf, the kinetic energy is rapidly dissipated,
perhaps spawning these smaller eddies. The scene was photo-
graphed on 1 August, 16:28 GMT, from an altitude of 230 n.mi. us-
ing a Hasselblad camera equipped with a 250 mm lens and CVIS
film.