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Position of center of photo (Lat/Long): [39.04439/73.42086]


Map: Kara-KulNear the center of this scene is the mountain lake Kara-Kul, located in eastern Tajikistan, high in the Pamir Mountain Range near the Chinese border. The 25-kilometer (16-mile) diameter lake sits at an elevation of 6,000 meters (20,000 feet) above sea level. Kara-Kul was formed from a meteorite impact approximately 25 million years ago, leaving a crater with a rim diameter of 45 kilometers (28 miles). Islands formed from the central uplift can be seen in the northern and southern parts of the lake. Interestingly, the Kara-Kul impact structure remained unidentified until it was discovered though studies of imagery taken from space.
Source of material: NASA

Further information: WikiPedia article on Kara-Kul

Last Update: 2011-03-30