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Angkor, Cambodia: SIR-C radar image


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The area around the huge ceremonial complex and ancient city of Angkor, Cambodia (13.43 North latitude; 103.9 East longitude) is included in this SIR-C radar image, taken from the space shuttle Endeavor on September 30, 1994.

The picture covers a total area of  55 by 85 km (34 by 53 miles). Prominently seen are the rectangular water reservoirs. This and later images taken in 1996 have revealed new settement data on this major Khmer site, which once held more than 60 temples and a million residents, dating between the 9th and 15th centuries AD.

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[Fig.1: SIR-C image of Angkor (NASA-JPL P-45156 ).]

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