STS099-727-45
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Spacecraft nadir point: 43.4° N, 73.8° W

Photo center point: 40.5° N, 73.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: South

Spacecraft Altitude: 127 nautical miles (235km)
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Image Caption: Long Island, New York
The entire length of Long Island, New York is visible in partial
sunglint from Lower Bay to Block Island Sound. The origin and shape of
Long Island is due to continental collision and glaciers that once
dominated the landscape. A collision between North America and Africa
about 300 million years ago caused the Appalachian Mountains to rise.
Streams carried sediment from the eroding Appalachians and also carved a
valley that would one day become Long Island Sound. Retreating ice
sheets 22,000 years ago allowed the land to rebound, the highest points
becoming Long Island.