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Mountains and Rivers South of Shōdoshima and Takamatsu, Japan – February 18th, 2011

34.3N 134.0E

February 18th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Mountains, Rivers

Japan - February 2nd, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the land near Shōdoshima (center right), an island located in the Inland Sea of Japan.  Shōdoshima is home to Dobuchi Strait, the world’s narrowest strait, 9.93 meters at its narrowest.

The large, white area to the south is Takamatsu, in central Kagawa Prefecture on the island of Shikoku in Japan. It is a port city located on the Seto Inland Sea, and the seat of the prefectural government.

Upon opening the full image, the Sanuki Mountains can be observed to the outh of Takamatsu. They comprise a mountain range running along the southern border of Kagawa and the northern border of Tokushima prefectures on the island of Shikoku. The highest peak is Mount Ryūō at 1059.9m.

Cutting across the island to the south of the mountains is the Yoshino River. It is 194 km long and has a watershed of 3,750 km². It is the second longest river in Shikoku (slightly shorter than the Shimanto), and is the only river whose watershed spreads over the four prefectures of the island. Populated areas can be observed as white patches along the banks of the river.

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