STS048-605-50

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Spacecraft nadir point: 38.3° N, 52.6° E

Photo center point: 41.5° N, 53.5° E

Nadir to Photo Center: North

Spacecraft Altitude: 307 nautical miles (569km)
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S48-605-050: Zaliv-Kara-Bogaz-Gol, USSR. Zaliv Kara Bogaz Gol
is a brackish gulf of the eastern portion of the Caspian Sea and
is surrounded by desert. It is a vast shallow lagoon. Until re-
cently the water regime was determined by the volume entering
from the Caspian Sea. Then, land uses around the lagoon in-
creased the evaporation increasing the salt content and deposits
in the lagoon. The low levels of water detected in early shuttle
photos are no longer seen and a slight increase in the water has
been detected in photos from the past 2 missions. This is an in-
teresting case study of human impact on a lagoon system.