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STS41G-40-51
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Spacecraft nadir point: 36.9° N, 4.5° W

Photo center point: 35.5° N, 5.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: South

Spacecraft Altitude: 122 nautical miles (226km)
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STS41G-40-051 Strait of Gibraltar (36.0! N, 5.5! W) This
view of sunglint in the Strait of Gibraltar and the western Medi-
terranean was photographed during STS-41G (11 October 1984) and
shows a group of six solitons emanating from the Strait and pro-
pagating eastward through the Mediterranean Sea. Solitons such as
these form as tidal currents pass over the Camarinal Sill, si-
tuated in the center of the Strait, and perturb the density in-
terface between the less dense Atlantic water at the surface and
the more dense Mediterranean water below.