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El-Adrel IV
El-Adrel IV from orbit
Type: Planet
Location: El-Adrel system
Alpha Quadrant
A map of El-Adrel IV
"Picard and Dathon at El-Adrel."
- Tamarian first officer

El-Adrel IV was the fourth planet in the El Adrel planetary system. This system was located in the Alpha Quadrant. The atmosphere was capable of supporting humanoid lifeforms.

In 2368, a Tamarian deep space cruiser entered orbit of El-Adrel IV and began sending a signal to the Federation. The USS Enterprise-D arrived three weeks later and attempted to establish communications, but was unable to understand the Tamarians' language.

Captain Dathon of the Tamarians then transported himself and Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Enterprise-D to the surface of El-Adrel IV, knowing that there was a hostile energy creature there. Dathon hoped that the shared danger would bring Picard to understand him, and he succeeded though at the cost of his own life. The Tamarian vessel had established a scattering field in the planet's ionosphere to prevent the Enterprise-D from interfering, as well as disabling (but not damaging) a shuttlecraft sent to land on the planet. The Enterprise took down the scattering field in time to rescue Picard from the creature. (TNG: "Darmok")

El-Adrel IV appeared in the starchart Data and Picard were studying in stellar cartography in 2371. (Star Trek Generations, display graphic)

The star chart seen in Generations depicted the location of planets, stars, and star systems in the Alpha Quadrant. Based on the dimensions of the circles used to mark locations on the star chart seen in "Generations", this planet was located relatively far to the Enterprise-D.
The day scenes on the planet's surface were filmed on location at Bronson Canyon on 23 July 1991 and 24 July 1991 and the night scenes on Paramount Stage 16 on 26 July 1991.
According to Startrek.com, there was a sector named El-Adrel, which might be named after the El-Adrel system, and it might be probable that El-Adrel was located in this sector. [1]

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