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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS059-L06-48 Date: Apr. 1994
Geographic Region: TURKMENISTAN
Feature: KARA-BOGAZ-GOL BAY, MTS.

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  STS059-L06-048 Kara-Bogaz-Gol, Turkmenistan April 1994
The shallow bay of Kara-Bogaz-Gol located in western Turkmenistan can be seen in this low-oblique, south-southwest-looking photograph. As an arm of the Caspian Sea (dark blue water), the Kara-Bogaz-Gol acts as a natural evaporation basin, drawing water off the Caspian Sea and depositing salts along the bay shores. In 1979, a dike was built connecting the narrow strips of land on the west side of the bay (visible between the dark blue water of the Caspian Sea and the turquoise water of the bay). The bay is more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) long, is 85 miles (137 kilometers) wide, and covers approximately 7000 square miles (18 000 square kilometers). The average elevation of the Caspian Sea is 92 feet (28 meters) below sea level, whereas the average elevation of the Kara-Bogaz-Gol is 102 feet (31 meters) below sea level. When water levels drop in the Caspian Sea, as happened in the 1980s, the bay has less standing water in its shallow basin than is shown in this photograph. Other features discernible in the photograph include the western escarpment of the Ustyurt Plateau (between the brown and light tan) on the eastern shore of the bay, Krasnovodsk Bay south of the bay, and the dark forest-covered Balkhan Mountains south of the bay and east of Krasnovodsk Bay.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 63k
Mission: STS059  
Roll - Frame: L06 - 48
Geographical Name: TURKMENISTAN  
Features: KARA-BOGAZ-GOL BAY, MTS.  
Center Lat x Lon: 41.0N x 53.5E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 0
 
Camera: LH
 
Camera Tilt: 36   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 90  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: SW   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?: Y   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 96  
 
Date: 19940415   YYYYMMDD
Time: 080938   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 41.8N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 54.6E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 174   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 114   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 58   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: DESERT, PLATEAU, COAST  
Water Views: GULF, SEA, BAY  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views:  
City Views:  
Associated Photos in Sequence:

IMAGEPhoto #: STS51F-40-64
Description: TURKMENISTAN, KARA-BOGAZ-GOL--1985; INLET WATER LEVEL INCREASE
Sequence ID: 11A

IMAGEPhoto #: STS059-L06-48 ** Currently displayed photo **
Description: TURKMENISTAN, KARA-BOGAZ-GOL--1994; INLET WATER LEVEL INCREASE
Sequence ID: 11B

IMAGEPhoto #: STS073-701-33
Description: TURKMENISTAN, KARA-BOGAZ-GOL--1995; INLET WATER LEVEL INCREASE
Sequence ID: 11C



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