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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS050-E-51403 Date: Feb. 2017
Geographic Region: USA-IOWA

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  Image Caption: Burlington, Iowa, and the Mississippi Floodplain

The city of Burlington, Iowa, is situated on high bluffs next to the Mississippi River. The city thus has a commanding view of the wooded, finger-like creeks that lead down to the river; of the low floodplain and its farm fields; and the forested islands in the middle of the river. The Mississippi narrows significantly at Burlington, making a convenient location for two bridges. (For scale, the Interstate 34 bridge is 660 meters (720 yards) long.) A dam slows flow of the Mississippi River, but includes a lock to allow barge traffic to pass.

Major floods along the Mississippi tend to spill water onto the low floodplain, such that the view from Burlington - which stands about 40 meters (130 feet) above the river - would show the islands and floodplain entirely under water. The largest flood recorded at Burlington occurred in June 2008, when the river rose to 25.73 feet, more than 3 meters (10 feet) above flood stage.

This photo is one in a series taken by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on a cold day in February 2017. Other images follow the Mississippi River and show towns such as Davenport, the twin towns of Clinton and Fulton, and also Hannibal and East Hannibal.

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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 541k
Mission: ISS050  
Roll - Frame: E - 51403
Geographical Name: USA-IOWA  
Center Lat x Lon: 40.8N x 91.1W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 0
Camera: N6
Camera Tilt: 19   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 1150  
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=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number:  
Date: 20170219   YYYYMMDD
Time: 163810   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 41.9N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 90.5W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 151   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 217   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 33   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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