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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS052-E-45462 Date: Aug. 2017
Geographic Region: MONGOLIA

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  Lake Khuvsgul

An astronaut on the International Space Station captured this photograph of the southern tip of Lake Khuvsgul (also known as Lake Hovsgol or Hovsgol Nuur) in north central Mongolia. Referred to as the "younger sister" of Lake Baikal, Khuvsgul is approximately 137 kilometers (85 miles) long and is the largest fresh water lake in Mongolia by volume. (Note that north is to the lower right in this image.)

Several rivers and streams flow down from higher elevations (including the Sayan Mountains) and into Lake Khuvsgul. The Egiin River is the only outflow, ultimately carrying water to Lake Baikal through the Selenga River. Together, the two lakes hold more than 20 percent of Earth's fresh surface water.

The different shades of blue indicate different water depths - the deeper the blue, the deeper the water. Boreal forests (also referred to as taiga) cover the mountain slopes, while several streams cut through the forest and flow into the lake. Hatgal, a village with less than 4,000 inhabitants, sits on the lake shore and makes up most of the population in Khuvsgul Province. The lake and its surroundings are part of 11,803 square kilometers (4,557 square miles) of protected land designated as Lake Hovsgol National Park.

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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 484k
Mission: ISS052  
Roll - Frame: E - 45462
Geographical Name: MONGOLIA  
Center Lat x Lon: 50.5N x 100.2E
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
Camera: N6
Camera Tilt: 16   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 1150  
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:  
Date: 20170812   YYYYMMDD
Time: 090425   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 51.2N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 99.5E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 251   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 213   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 34   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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