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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS51I-42-40 Date: Aug. 1985

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  STS51I-42-40 Suloy, Mozambique Channel August 1985
The faint, irregular-shaped line running east-west is a convergence of two currents in the Mozambique Channel between Madagascar and Africa. The blurred white line, offset where it crosses the current boundary, is a bilge-pumped ship wake that has been affected by the water movement along the boundary between water fronts. The resultant linear feature caused by the convergence of two water currents is called a suloy (a new oceanographic term). A suloy is an unusual condition of the sea in which the surface is covered by precipitous and irregular waves that form in lines at a convergence and in the curved boundaries of eddies. The term was coined by the Russians to describe such features in the White Sea. Few, if any, quantitative measurements have been made of a suloy, and there are no useful estimates of frequency and wave spectra or hypotheses of generation. There are fewer than a dozen published articles devoted to suloys, each of which is a description of a unique phenomenon.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 80k
Mission: STS51I  
Roll - Frame: 42 - 40
Geographical Name: MOZAMBIQUE CHANNEL  
Center Lat x Lon: N x E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 40
Camera: HB
Camera Tilt:   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?: N   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 48  
Date: 19850830   YYYYMMDD
Time: 112710   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 22.5S  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 38.6E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 313   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 172   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 46   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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