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San Juan on Northeastern Coast of Puerto Rico

18.4N 66.1W

February 8th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Puerto Rico - December 23rd, 2011

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the topography of the island of Puerto Rico. The maximum width of the island from north to south is 65 km (40 mi) and the maximum length of the island from east to west is 180 km (110 mi).

Visible as a white area along the north-eastern coast is San Juan, the capital and most populous municipality in Puerto Rico. It lies south of the Atlantic Ocean; north of Caguas and Trujillo Alto; east of and Guaynabo; and west of Carolina. The city occupies an area of 76.93 square miles (199.2 km2), of which, 29.11 square miles (75.4 km2) (37.83%) is water.

Puerto Rico is mostly mountainous with large coastal areas in the north and south. The main mountain range is called “La Cordillera Central” (The Central Range). The highest elevation in Puerto Rico, Cerro de Punta 1,339 meters (4,393 ft),[117] is located in this range. Another important peak is El Yunque, one of the highest in the Sierra de Luquillo at the El Yunque National Forest, with an elevation of 1,065 m (3,494 ft).

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