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Spacecraft nadir point: 26.6° S, 69.7° W

Photo center point: 20.0° S, 65.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: Northeast

Spacecraft Altitude: 294 nautical miles (544km)
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Image Caption: Smoke pall as seen from the Andes 1991

This east-looking view shows the Altiplano (southern Bolivian Andes Mts.) under clear air in the foreground-the white Salar Uyani lies at an altitude of 11 985 feet. Beyond the Andes lies the vast Amazon basin, obscured beneath a smoke pall of regional extent, stretching to the Earth's limb. Some cumulus cloud is developed where the Amazon airmass abuts against the high Andean plateau (center).

This view is centered over Lake Poopo, Bolivia, in the central Andean Altiplano, (20.0S, 65.0W) with a view looking northeast into the lower elevations of Bolivia and Brazil. Extensive dry seasonal burning in the Amazon Basin produces a thick haze which is trapped in the lower atmosphere by a stable air layer. The clarity difference in the scene is caused by the Andes Mountains extending above the haze into cleaner upper atmosphere air. Amazon Basin burning