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Spacecraft nadir point: 8.2° S, 107.7° E

Photo center point: 8.0° S, 112.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: East

Spacecraft Altitude: 124 nautical miles (230km)
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STS46-90-28 and -29: Oblique view down the spine of Java (looking
to the east). Volcanic peaks poke through cloud donuts. These
are among the best views to illustrate an island arc: lines of
volcanoes (fairly equally spaced) which result from subduction
along a deep ocean trench (just south of Java).

The island of Java (8.0S, 112.0E), perhaps better than any other, illustrates the volcanic origin of Pacific Island groups. Seen in this single view are at least a dozen once active volcano craters. Alignment of the craters even defines the linear fault line of Java as well as the other some 1500 islands of the Indonesian Archipelago. Deep blue water of the Indian Ocean to the south contrasts to the sediment laden waters of the Java Sea to the north.