STS052-153-212

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Spacecraft nadir point: 12.4° N, 42.8° E

Photo center point: 11.5° N, 42.5° E

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Nadir to Photo Center: South

Spacecraft Altitude: 157 nautical miles (291km)
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Image Caption: The Afar Triangle of Ethiopia (11.5N, 42.5E) is a very active plate tectonic region. The region is stressed by Saudi Arabia moving away from Africa and East Africa tearing itself away from the rest of Africa. Because of the plate movements in three different directions, The Afar Triangle is stretched thin and torn resulting in a series of faults seen as long parallel valleys. There is frequent volcanic activity and lava flows occur along the faults.