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STS048-109-89
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Spacecraft nadir point: 26.7° N, 75.9° E

Photo center point: 26.5° N, 74.5° E

Nadir to Photo Center: West

Spacecraft Altitude: 307 nautical miles (569km)
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S48-109-089: The Sambhar Salt Lake , India. This is the largest
salt lake in India situated in the northwest near Jaipur (Ra-
jasthan). It is a large depression of the Aravalli Range hills
that by published ground survey s measures 230 square kilometers
in area. The rivers bring silty materials in flood stages and
deposit them in the depression. The soluble sodium compounds
present in the silt component accumulate as salt sheets which
often cover its surface. The lake is highly seasonal in
character--usually dry in the hot months (April-May), and is full
after the rains (September-December). When full, lake is es-
timated to be about 4 feet deep. This lake in the middle of
semi-arid region is a source of water for the regional wildlife.