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Mountain Ridges and Volcanic Massifs of Iturup

45.0N 147.7E

September 3rd, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Iturup - August 31st, 2009

Iturup - August 31st, 2009

Iturup is the largest and northernmost island of the South Kuril Islands. It is presently controlled by Russia, although it is also claimed by Japan.

Iturup is located near the southern end of the Kuril chain, between Kunashir (19 km to the southwest) and Urup (37 km to the northeast). It has an area of 3,139 kmĀ², a length of 200 km and a width that ranges from 7 to 27 km. This image focuses on the central and northern parts of the island.

Iturup consists of volcanic massifs and mountain ridges, whose contours are clearly visible in this orthorectified image. A series of a dozen volcanoes running northeast to southwest form the backbone of the island, the highest being Stokap (1,634 m) in the central part of Iturup. The shores of the island are high and abrupt.

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