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Spacecraft nadir point: 57.1° N, 138.3° W

Photo center point: 59.0° N, 138.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: North

Spacecraft Altitude: 111 nautical miles (206km)
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Image Caption: Mount St. Elias and glaciers spilling into the sea, Alaska Peninsula

The spring thaw along the coast of the Gulf of Alaska has not touched the St. Elias Mountains, southeast of Yakutat Bay and Malaspina Glacier. A prominent glacier flows from Mt. Fairweather (15,300 feet) at right center, to form Cape Fairweather. Another glacier to the northwest almost reaches the sea; the valley of the Alsek River forms a broad, braided plain at upper left. the low sun elevation and oblique angle of this photograph provide a 3-dimensional appearance to the black-and-white landscape.