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Contrast between Mountains and Plains, Taiwan

December 22nd, 2008 Category: Snapshots

Taiwan - December 9th, 2008

Taiwan - December 9th, 2008

The main island of Taiwan is bound to the east by the Pacific Ocean, to the south by the South China Sea and the Luzon Strait, to the west by the Taiwan Strait and to the north by the East China Sea.

Taiwan is 394 kilometers (245 miles) long and 144 kilometers (89 miles) wide.

The island is characterized by the contrast between mountains and plains, clearly visible in the image.

The eastern two-thirds consist mostly of rugged mountains covered by tropical and subtropical vegetation, and run in five ranges from the northern to the southern tip of the island.

On the other hand, in the west there are flat to gently rolling plains in the west that are also home to most of Taiwan’s population.

The populated areas, bright white, are numerous and easily spotted on the eastern side. In the mountainous western area, however, only the occaisional town can be seen tucked away in the valleys. After crossing the mountainous, more populated areas are visible along the western coastline.

source Wikipedia

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