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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS015-E-7543 Date: May 2007
Geographic Region: NICARAGUA
Feature: CONCEPCION VOLCANO, PLUME

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  Concepcion Volcano, Nicaragua:
Concepción Volcano one of the tallest and most active of Nicaragua’s volcanoes. The 1,610-meter (5,280-foot), cone-shaped volcano is the northern half of dumbbell-shaped Isla de Ometepe. Concepción is joined by a narrow isthmus to the dormant Maderas Volcano, which makes up the southern half of the island. This image of the volcano was captured on May 10, 2007, by the astronauts onboard the International Space Station. To the northwest of the crater, a very faint plume (probably steam) creeps like fog down the mountain, blurring the sharp gullies that carve the volcano’s flanks. The grid pattern of people’s fields surrounds the volcano, while lobes of forest line the lower slopes.

Concepción has erupted at least 25 times in the past 125 years, but eruptions are not the only hazard for the 5,000 or so people who lives in small towns at lower elevations. Loose rock and ash from previous eruptions makes the volcano’s steep slopes unstable and prone to give way during heavy rains. These flows of muddy debris are known as lahars. Among the most serious lahars that have occurred at Concepción in recent years were those that occurred during the passage of Hurricane Mitch through the area in 1998. (Much more serious lahars occurred at Nicaragua’s Casita Volcano during Hurricane Mitch.) The gullies that can funnel debris quickly downslope into populated areas are obvious in the image.

References and Related images:
Lahar Hazards at Concepción Volcano, Nicaragua, a U.S. Geological Survey Webpage
Wide-area view of western Nicaragua, including Lake Nicaragua and Isla Ometepe at lower right, from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 76k
Mission: ISS015  
Roll - Frame: E - 7543
Geographical Name: NICARAGUA  
Features: CONCEPCION VOLCANO, PLUME  
Center Lat x Lon: 11.5N x 85.6W
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: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 800  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: NW   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: 488  
 
Date: 20070510   YYYYMMDD
Time: 214329   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 6.5N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 82.8W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 287   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 178   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 27   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: CRATER, FOREST, ISLAND, MOUNTAIN, VOLCANO  
Water Views:  
Atmosphere Views: PLUME  
Man Made Views:  
City Views:  
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