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Rio Grande Floodplain
Lay-down mosaic of four Hasselblad color shots from STS-29, using the 250 mm lens. The modern floodplain (1) broadens at about Azucar Reservoir (2), narrowing again at Reynosa (3). Below Reynosa, Mexico and McAllen, Texas (beyond the lower edge of this strip) the old distributary channels spread out distributary channels spread out toward the coast. The small dark patches (4) are the few remaining wildlife refuges; the rest of the valley is cultivated land. If current efforts are successful, more of the valley will be revegetated in the native brush. (STS029-92-099, 100, 101, 102)
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