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Sado Island Near City of Niigata, Japan

38.0N 138.3E

June 21st, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Japan - June 6th, 2010

Japan - June 6th, 2010

Sado Island is located in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), 32 miles (51 km) west of Honshu. It faces Niigata, the prefectural capital, across the Sado Strait. Here, the city of Niigata appears as a greyish brown area along the shoreline, and greenish sediments or algae are present in the strait.

With an area of 331 square miles (857 square km), it is the fifth largest Japanese island. Sado is crowned by two parallel mountain chains, with Sado City appearing as a tan area in the valley between them. The island’s topography includes dramatic precipices and ravines, mountain streams, and Lake Kamō, located near the central eastern shoreline.

Mountain Ranges and Uplands of North Korea

39.0N 125.7E

June 18th, 2010 Category: Mountains

North Korea - June 2nd, 2010

North Korea - June 2nd, 2010

North Korea occupies the northern half of the Korean Peninsula in East Asia. North Korea has an area of 47,399 sq mi (122,762 sq km) and a population of about (2009 est.) 24,162,000. The capital is P’yŏngyang.

North Korea’s land area largely consists of mountain ranges and uplands; its highest peak is Mount Paektu (9,022 ft [2,750 m]). North Korea has a centrally planned economy based on heavy industry (iron and steel, machinery, chemicals, and textiles) and agriculture.

Japan in East Asia in the Western Pacific Ocean – June 16th, 2010

39.0N 140.6E

June 16th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Snapshots

Japan - June 6th, 2010

Japan - June 6th, 2010

Japan is an island country in East Asia, western Pacific Ocean. Its four main islands are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. It is separated from the Asian mainland by the Sea of Japan (East Sea).

Japan has an area of 145,920 sq mi (377,930 sq km) and a population (2009 est.) of about 127,556,000. The capital is Tokyo. Situated in one of Earth’s most geologically active zones, Japan experiences volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Mountain ranges cover some four-fifths of its land surface; its highest mountain is Mount Fuji.

South Korea, Occupying the Southern Half of the Korean Peninsula

37.5N 126.9E

June 13th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

South Korea - June 2nd, 2010

South Korea - June 2nd, 2010

South Korea is located in East Asia, occupying the southern half of the Korean peninsula, west of Japan.

South Korea has an area of 38,486 sq mi (99,678 sq km) and a population of (2008 est.) about 48,333,000. The capital is Seoul. Most of South Korea’s land area consists of mountains and uplands; its highest peak is Mount Halla (6,398 ft [1,950 m]) on Cheju Island. The lowlands are densely populated.

Tokyo on the Pacific Coast of Central Honshu, Japan

35.6N 139.6E

June 10th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Japan - June 2nd, 2010

Japan - June 2nd, 2010

Tokyo is the capital and largest city of Japan. It is located at the head of Tokyo Bay on the Pacific coast of central Honshu. It is the focus of the vast metropolitan area often called Greater Tokyo, the largest urban and industrial agglomeration in Japan.

The mainland portion of Tokyo lies northwest of Tokyo Bay and measures about 90 km east to west and 25 km north to south. Chiba Prefecture borders it to the east, Yamanashi to the west, Kanagawa to the south, and Saitama to the north.