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Spacecraft nadir point: 26.2° N, 149.9° E

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Spacecraft Altitude: 189 nautical miles (350km)
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STS49-96-084: Pacific Water Mass Boundary This view of the NW.
Pacific (26N, 150E) shows the boundary between two water masses,
seen in the sunglint pattern as a change in sea surface rough-
ness. Wind streaks are seen as a pattern of linear features
oriented nearly perpendicular to the front. Low- altitude clouds
appear to be forming on one side of the front, perhaps indicating
a relative increase in water temperature between the two water
masses. If this is the case, the wind would be blowing from the
colder water mass (no clouds) to the warmer water mass. The
warmer water heats the surface air causing convection and the
formation of the clouds.