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STS062-85-21
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Spacecraft nadir point: 29.7° N, 89.0° W

Photo center point: 29.0° N, 89.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: South

Spacecraft Altitude: 162 nautical miles (300km)
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Image Caption: STS062-85-21 Birdfoot Delta

A detailed view of the Mississippi Delta showing all the
distributaries (fingers of the delta). The white spots are
developments related to the oil industry. The round feature at 1 is
the outline of a salt dome. The muddy water empties into the Gulf, and
sunglint (2) highlights the surface features associated with the
fresh, muddy water mixing with the sea water. T272




The Mississippi River Delta, Louisiana as seen from STS-62, is the largest river system in North America. The interdistributary bays are extremely shallow, usually less than a few meters, and contain brackish to normal marine waters except during times of flooding, when fresh water fills the bays. Sedimentation within the bays is very low, occurring only during flood periods. Along the west side of the river, a highway has been built southeastward to Venice.