STS51C-44-25
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Spacecraft nadir point: 20.8° N, 79.8° W

Photo center point: 27.0° N, 81.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: North

Spacecraft Altitude: 199 nautical miles (369km)
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Image Caption:
South Florida

Two superb color photographs show the southern part of the Flori-
da peninsula. Prominent features in both of these photos are Lake
Okeechobee, large cultivated field patterns to the southeast of
Lake Okeechobee, the Greater Miami urban corridor that is ex-
periencing rapid growth and development, the Everglades Swamp,
and the Gulf Stream. It is now and will continue to be important
to monitor and record the impact of development on the fragile
environment of south Florida. For example, as the coastline of
Florida continues to subside and the population growth continues
to increase, the demand for even more fresh water in south Flori-
da will place increasing strain on the environment. It will be
interesting to see what environmental compromises are reached
with the passage of time. (51C-44-025, 51C-143-032)