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Coastal Belt and Plains of Northern Sri Lanka

8.8N 80.0E

December 5th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Sri Lanka - November 12th, 2009

Sri Lanka - November 12th, 2009

Extensive faulting and erosion over time have produced a wide range of topographic features in Sri Lanka. Three zones are distinguishable by elevation: the Central Highlands, the plains, and the coastal belt. This image focuses on the latter two, in the northwestern parts of Sri Lanka.

Most of the island’s surface consists of plains between 30 and 200 meters above sea level. A coastal belt about thirty meters above sea level surrounds the island. Much of the coast consists of sandy beaches.

Inland, many lakes appear as black dots amidst the plains. The large, circular lake near the top of the image is named Giant’s Tank and is part of a nature preserve.

Upon opening the full version of this orthorectified image, some ridges of hills are visible near the bottom edge as one moves towards the Central Highlands.

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