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Lake Kasumigaura and Tone River Near Chiba, Japan

35.6N 140.1E

December 8th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Japan - December 6th, 2010

This orthorectified image focuses on Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Chiba, the capital city of Chiba Prefecture, can be observed in the lower left quadrant, approximately 40 km east of the center of Tokyo on Tokyo Bay.

Chiba City is also one of the Kantō region’s primary seaports, and is home to Chiba Port, which handles one of the highest volumes of cargo in the nation. The square contours of the seaport can be observed in the lower left corner.

Crossing more or less horizontally through the image center is the Tone River. It is 322 kilometers (200 mi) in length (the second longest in Japan after the Shinano) and has a drainage area of 16,840 square kilometers (6,500 sq mi) (largest in Japan). It gathers tributaries and pours into the Pacific Ocean at Choshi city in Chiba Prefecture. The Edo River branches away from the river and flows into Tokyo Bay.

The large body of water north of the river is Lake Kasumigaura, the second-largest lake in Japan, located 60 km to the north-east of Tōkyō. Lake Kasumigaura is actually the name given to a group of contiguous lakes, which includes the main lake, Nishiura, and two smaller lakes, Kitaura and Sotonasakaura, and also encompasses the rivers connecting them.

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