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Spacecraft nadir point: 38.4° N, 119.2° W

Photo center point: 37.5° N, 120.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: Southwest

Spacecraft Altitude: 160 nautical miles (296km)
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Image Caption: STS062-098-158 San Joaquin Valley, Lake McClure, and Don Pedro Reservoir, California, U.S.A. March 1994
The agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley is captured in this low-oblique, north-northeast-looking photograph. The boundary is distinct between agricultural field patterns of the valley and the grass- and scrub-covered alluvial fan, which becomes more tree covered as the altitude of the Sierra Nevada Mountains increases. Two large reservoirs--broader and more northerly Don Pedro Reservoir, fed and drained by the Tuolumne River, and narrower and more southerly Lake McClure, fed and drained by the Merced River--modify the valley's water flow for drinking water and crop irrigation. The higher Sierra Nevada Mountains are visible to the east.