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Spacecraft nadir point: 35.9° S, 141.4° E

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Spacecraft Altitude: 140 nautical miles (259km)
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Image Caption: Burn Scars and Sand Ridges in Australia

Documenting the extent of influence and how the effects
change with time of dynamic phenomena such as fire is a use
for Shuttle photography. There is about 200,000 photos which
cover about a 30 year span in the Space Shuttle Earth
Observation Database. About 600 sites have been routinely
photographed to document changes over time. Here are burn
scars and sand ridges (the burn scars reveal the sand ridges
in the lightened areas) near Wyperfeld National Park in the
Big Desert west southwest of Adelaide, Australia. This is
one of the refuges where koala bears live.
We can watch to see how these areas recover.

(Another good example of time monitoring in Lake Chad in the
environmental change brief, AS17-18-22727 and S31-151-039)