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Spacecraft nadir point: 2.6° N, 122.0° E

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S49-75-098 - Open Ocean Current Shear - 2.5N, 121.9E A dramatic
example of a suloy (line of shear between two water masses), pho-
tographed between the Celebes and Philippine Islands on May 9.
These features characteristically display abrupt differences in
sea-surface roughness, caused by convergence of water bodies hav-
ing different densities. Hasselblad camera, 250mm lens, color

STS-49 Earth observation taken aboard Endeavour, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 105, shows current shear in the open ocean. Center coordinates of the pictured area are 2.5 degrees north latitude and 121.9 degrees east longitude. The scene serves as a dramatic example of a suloy (a shear line between two water masses). It is located between Celebes and the Philippine Islands. Suloys characteristically display an abrupt difference in sea-surface roughness, caused by convergence of water bodies having different densities. The crewmembers used a handheld HASSELBLAD camera, 250-mm lens, color film to expose the image.