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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS079-785-102 Date: Sep. 1996
Geographic Region: BRAZIL

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  STS079-785-102 Rondonia State, Brazil September 1996
The deforested frontier, located in Rondonia State of west central Brazil, presents a distinctive pattern of clearcut swaths expanding into the Amazon rainforest. The land use pattern that is created by the progressive expansion of agricultural and mining activities is rather unique to Rondonia State. The systematic cutting of the rainforest vegetation usually starts along highways or streams and then side roads are cut through the wilderness at regular interval, thereby creating a very regimented looking landscape of alternating strips of rainforest (dark) and clear cut (lighter) areas. The town of Ariquemes (estimated population of 40000 to 70000 inhabitants) is visible near the center of the picture (small, light colored feature). A short section of highway BR364 is visible as the light-colored, linear feature that extends from north to the southeast through Ariquemes. Another road can also be traced across the landscape, as it heads southwest from Ariquemes. The deforested areas (lighter swaths) reflect the extent to which the land is used for agriculture (ranching and farming) and forestry industries. The cattle industry is a major economic activity in Rondonia at this time.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 360k
Mission: STS079  
Roll - Frame: 785 - 102
Geographical Name: BRAZIL  
Center Lat x Lon: 10.5S x 62.5W
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 15
Camera: HB
Camera Tilt: 25   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 100  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: W   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: 146  
Date: 19960925   YYYYMMDD
Time: 144910   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 10.1S  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 61W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 63   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 200   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 71   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: FOREST  
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