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STS088-719-29
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Spacecraft nadir point: 26.4° N, 80.6° W

Photo center point: 27.0° N, 79.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: East

Spacecraft Altitude: 205 nautical miles (380km)
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Image Caption: The bright, ellipitical white features in this photo are whitings in the Little Bahama Bank.
Whitings are suspensions of sediment that are produced by blooms of microscopic algae.
They can produce great quantities of lime muds in places like the Bahamas. Intricate
patterns of sand ridges and channels that are formed by tidal currents ring the bank,
marking the edge between the shallow bank waters (depths less than 10 m) and the much deeper
offshore waters (dark blue).