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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: NM23-751-355 Date: Apr. 1997
Geographic Region: KAZAKHSTAN

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  NM23-751-355 Lakes Alakol and Sasykkol, Dzungarian Gate, Kazakhstan Winter/Spring 1997
Situated in a remote and semi-arid part of southeastern Kazakhstan, the salt lakes of Sasykkol (near the center of the image) and Alakol (darker blue-colored waters) can be seen in this south-southeast-looking view. The smaller of the lakes, Sasykkol covers an area of 232 square miles (600 square km). The mean depth is 10 feet (3 meters) and its maximum depth is only 16 feet (5 meters). The shallow lake is fed by intermittent streams from the surrounding hills and mountains and drains southeast through a series of swamps into Lake Alakol. Lake Alakol covers an area of 803 square miles (2080 square km). The Salt Lake has a mean depth of 72 feet (22 meters) and a maximum depth of 177 feet (54 meters). Lake Alakol is fed by the Shinzhaly and Urdizhar Rivers and drains southeastward through the Dzungarian Gate (upper center) into Ebinur Lake (not visible) in China. The Dzungarian Gate region was used for centuries as an invasion route by conquerors from central Asia. The Dzhungarsk Alatau Range and its snow-covered peaks are visible in the upper right portion of the image. The linear snow-covered Tarbagnatay Range can be seen at the left center of the image.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 397k
Mission: NM23  
Roll - Frame: 751 - 355
Geographical Name: KAZAKHSTAN  
Center Lat x Lon: 46.5N x 81.0E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 0
Camera: HB
Camera Tilt: 53   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 100  
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   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 999  
Date: 19970429   YYYYMMDD
Time: 070231   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 50.0N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 77.9E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 187   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 209   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 55   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Water Views: LAKE  
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