STS51B-53-17
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Image Caption: STS51B-53-0017 Weiss Lake, Alabama, U.S.A. May 1985
A few widely scattered clouds obscure some of the mountainous terrain in this southeast-looking photograph of northeast Alabama. Featured are light, irregular-shaped Weiss Lake, the result of damning part of the Coosa River, and Lookout Mountain immediately northwest of the lake. Visible are Gadsden, Alabama, near the apex of two northeast-southwest-trending mountain ridges (bottom right); a small segment of the Cumberland Plateau (northwest); and part of the more extensive Appalachian Mountains (southeast). Apparent are dark forested areas and lighter valleys denoting agricultural activities.