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Image Caption: Cape Ambre (1) and the northern portion of Madagascar are seen in
this near-vertical view taken in September 1985. The rugged
Tsaratanana Mountains, reaching elevations over 2,700 meters,
can be seen toward the bottom left of the view. A major fault
(2) traverses southwest to northeast across the island. Smoke
plumes from fires blow offshore at (3). The northern part of Ma-
dagascar is often buffeted by tropical storms coming off the In-
dian Ocean. Because of extreme deforestation, the heavy rains
from these storms cause severe soil erosion.