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International Space Sta...
2004-04-03 0:0:0
 
Description ISS007-E-14867 (13 September 2003) --- This view featuring Noumea, New Caledonia was taken by one of the Expedition 7 crewmembers onboard the International Space Station (ISS). The mountains forming the spine of the island of Grande Terre contain large reserves of nickel and chromium, and New Caledonia mines are one of the world?s greatest producers of nickel. This image shows details of New Caledonia?s main city, Noumea, which is built on a peninsula that juts into the lagoon on the southwest side of the island. The reefs here face localized problems from pollution and overfishing. The tourism industry is very important to the economy of Noumea, with extensive hotel development in the city and along the southeast coast of Grand Terre. The picture shows how urban development extends to the steep slopes of the coastal hills.
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