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   Photo ID:

   STS044-79-046   


   Program:

   Shuttle   


   Mission:

   STS-044


   Date Taken:

   1991-12-01


   Film Type:

   70mm

Title:
Fog Bank, Namib Desert, Namibia, Africa
Description:
Fog is the only source of moisture for desert dwelling animals and plants living in the Namib Desert sand dune field, Namibia (23.5N, 15.0E). Coastal stratus clouds provide most of the life supporting moisture as fog droplets in this arid land where the usual annual rainfall is less than a quarter of an inch for decades at a time. In this view, the stratus clouds over the coast conform to the dune pattern proving that the fog is in ground contact.
Subject Terms:
ATLANTIC OCEAN CLOUDS DESERTS EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE) FOG OCEANS SAND DUNES STRATUS CLOUDS STS-44
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