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Honshu, Japan

January 19, 2006
This Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) image is centered over most of Honshu, Japan's largest island.

From the image it is noticeable that Honshu is extremely mountainous and snow covered when the image was acquired. The highest peaks of Japan are located in the central mountain mass, often called the Japanese Alps. Mount Fuji, located in the lower right part of the island near the city of Tokyo (large light grey area)is the highest summit in the country, and Mount Asama, located in the center of the island, is the largest active volcano. The Tone, Shinano, and Kino rivers, among the largest of Japan, are on Honshu, and the island also has numerous lakes. Considerably more than half the population of Japan resides in the lowlands of Honshu.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Envisat
  • Instrument: MERIS
  • Acquisition: 05-Apr-2004
  • Orbit nr: 10964
  • Center coordinates: lat. 36.65, lon. 139.85