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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS013-E-27590 Date: May 2006
Geographic Region: CARIBBEAN SEA
Feature: AVES ISLAND, CORAL REEFS

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  Aves Island

Named Isla de Aves in Spanish, (meaning “Island of the Birds”) Aves Island lies west of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It provides a nesting site to green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) and, of course, birds. Because the abundant bird droppings, known as guano, could be used in fertilizer and gunpowder, guano miners worked on the island until they depleted the supply. Since its discovery by Europeans, likely in the late 16th century, Aves Island was subsequently claimed by several European nations. The island is currently claimed by Venezuela, although disputes about ownership of the island, and the surrounding exclusive economic zone in the Caribbean, continue today.

Aves Island is small—only 0.5 by 0.2 kilometers (0.3 by 0.1 miles)—and its highest point stands just 4 meters (13 feet) above sea level. In hurricanes, the island can be completely submerged. In 1980, Hurricane Allen split the island in two, but subsequent coral reef growth reunited the two halves. This astronaut photograph is a rare, almost cloud-free, view of the island and the submerged fringing coral reef that surrounds it. The fringing reef is barely visible, appearing as a ring slightly lighter in color than the ocean water. The crosshatch-like pattern of roughness on the surrounding sea surface is most likely caused by variable winds at the time of image acquisition.

 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 266k
Mission: ISS013  
Roll - Frame: E - 27590
Geographical Name: CARIBBEAN SEA  
Features: AVES ISLAND, CORAL REEFS  
Center Lat x Lon: 15.7N x 63.6W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
 
Camera: E4
 
Camera Tilt: 7   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 800  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: SE   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?:   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 2994  
 
Date: 20060527   YYYYMMDD
Time: 183252   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 16.0N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 63.8W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 285   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 185   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 56   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: ISLAND  
Water Views: OCEAN, REEF, SEA  
Atmosphere Views: HURRICANE  
Man Made Views:  
City Views:  
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