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Spacecraft nadir point: 37.9° N, 115.9° W

Photo center point: 36.5° N, 112.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: East

Spacecraft Altitude: 201 nautical miles (372km)
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Image Caption: Grand Canyon Area, Arizona February 2001
Located on the Colorado Plateau (center of the image), the 217-mile (349 km) long Grand Canyon can be seen in this south-looking view. From 4 to 18 miles (6 to 29 km) wide the Grand Canyon is over one mile (1.6 km) deep, the deepest canyon in North America. Geologically young at 6 to 8 million years old, the Grand Canyon is a result of erosion, primarily by waters of the Colorado River. Lake Powell on the Arizona/Utah border is visible at slightly below the center left of the image. The snow-covered San Francisco Mountains can be seen to the south of the canyon slightly to the left of the center of the image. At the bottom of the image a portion of the snow-covered Vermillion Cliffs of southern Utah are visible.