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Plains and Mountains of Taiwan

February 15th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Taiwan - February 12th, 2009

Taiwan - February 12th, 2009

Taiwan, ringed here by clouds, is an island located in East Asia  some 120 kilometers off the southeastern coast of mainland China, across the Taiwan Strait.

Part of mainland China is visible in the upper lefthand corner. The Taiwan Strait is mostly obscured by clouds.

It has an area of 35,801 km2 (13,822.8 sq mi) and consists of steep mountains covered by tropical and subtropical vegetation.

The contrast in Taiwan’s geographical features can be easily observed here: the eastern two-thirds of the island are covered by five rough mountain ranges, dark green in color, that run from the northern end to the southern end.

The western third, however, which appears light green and tan, is covered by flat to gently rolling plains. Most of Taiwan’s population lives in this flatter area.

source Wikipedia

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