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STS061-86-4
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Spacecraft nadir point: 15.3° N, 94.5° E

Photo center point: 16.0° N, 95.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: Northeast

Spacecraft Altitude: 316 nautical miles (585km)
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Image Caption: Irawaddy Delta, Burma. The Irawaddy is one of several large rivers (Indus, Ganges, Brahmaputra, Salween, Mekong, Red) that head in the Tibetan Highlands. The central basin of the Irawaddy is paralleled by steep mountains more than 3000 meters high; the ends of these mountain chains conduct the river to the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Rangoon, Burma lies on a distributary channel in the middle of the delta. Thailand and the valley of the Salween River lie at the upper edge of the photograph. The deltas and alluvial plains were once forest, but were cleared for rice cultivation during the nineteenth century. Some mangrove swamps remain in tidewater at the ends of distributary fingers.