Image: Japanese archipelago and the western Pacific Ocean

phys.org | 7/12/2019 | Staff
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The Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission takes us over the Japanese archipelago—a string of islands that extends about 3000 km into the western Pacific Ocean.

While the archipelago is made up of over 6000 islands, this image focuses on Japan's four main islands. Running from north to south, Hokkaido is visible in the top right corner, Honshu is the long island stretching in a northeast–southwest arc, Shikoku can be seen just beneath the lower part of Honshu, and Kyushu is at the bottom.

Honshu - Land - Mass - Four-fifths - Japan

Honshu's land mass comprises approximately four-fifths of Japan's total area. Honshu's main urban areas of Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka are clearly visible in the image. The large gray area in the east of the island, near the coast, is Tokyo, while the smaller areas depicted in gray are the areas around Nagoya and Osaka.

Honshu is also home to the country's largest mountain, Mount Fuji. A volcano that has been dormant since...
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