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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS085-501-14 Date: Aug. 1997
Geographic Region: OMAN

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  STS085-501-014 Wahiba Sands, Green Mountain Range, Oman August 1997
The eastern extension of the vast Rub-al-Khali Desert or Empty Quarter, the red and golden dunes (650 feet-200 meters) of the Wahiba Sands in southeast Oman (upper left quadrant) is visible in this southwest-looking view. The predominant winds in the area give the longitudinal dunes the north to south alignment. The mountainous terrain that extends diagonally across the bottom of the image is the Al Jabal al Akhdar or Green Mountain Range, which reach altitudes exceeding 5500 feet (1678 meters). Formed nearly 80 million years ago, the range is a large anticline that is flanked by hard limestone and mantle rocks. Monsoon winds bring moisture-laden air in from the Gulf of Oman (bottom right). As the air rises over the Green Mountain Range, the rising air cools, and rainfall occurs at the higher elevations within the range. Several wadis or waterways drain the Green Mountain Range. Forests are scattered throughout the range.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 272k
Mission: STS085  
Roll - Frame: 501 - 14
Geographical Name: OMAN  
Center Lat x Lon: 22.5N x 55.0E
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: LO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction:   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
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Date: 199708__   YYYYMMDD
Nadir Lat: N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth:   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude:   nautical miles
Sun Elevation:   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Water Views: GULF  
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