Honshu Island Japan
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Honshu Island, Japan

January 19, 2006
This MERIS image centers over Honshu island, Japan. The grey urban area to the south of the image is the capital Tokyo. With more than 27 million people, it is the most populated metropolitan area in the world. The city is located around Tokyo Bay. The elongated clouds around the city are contrails formed by water vapor from airplanes. These are thought to contribute to global warming. To the north and west of the city are the snow covered peaks of the "Japanese Alps" consisting of the Hida, Kiso and Akashi Mountains with Japan's second highest peak Kita Dake (3,192 m, after Mt Fuji which is just off the image) to the south. Cutting through the mountains from the west of Tokyo is the valley of the River Tone-Gawa. Japan's longest river, Shinano (367 km), is also visible on the western coast, with the river mouth at the city of Niigata.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Envisat
  • Instrument: MERIS
  • Acquisition: 15-Apr-2004
  • Orbit nr: 11107
  • Center coordinates: lat. 37.47, lon. 141.06

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