STS106-702-84

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Spacecraft nadir point: 50.9° N, 2.9° W

Photo center point: 47.0° N, 6.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: East

Spacecraft Altitude: 188 nautical miles (348km)
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Image Caption: Source:Patricia W. Dickerson
Rhine and Rhine Rifts, Alps
The Rhine and Rhone rift valleys, as well as the transform fault zone
(between Basel, Switzerland and Dijon, France) that connects the two,
are centered in the view with the snow-capped Alps in the far distance.
The great folded and faulted ranges of the Alps began forming during
Eurasian-African plate collision about 60 million years ago. Those
structures in the western Alps are cut by younger (23 million years to
present), north-trending Rhone rift faults, as well as by
northeast-trending structures of the transform zone. The dark, forested
Vosges (W) and Schwarzwald (E) uplifts flank the Rhine valley (east of
center).