From NASA's Planetary Photojournal
Japan's Mt. Fuji is a beautiful backdrop for the city of Tokyo in this perspective view generated using data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission. Occupying most of the image foreground, Tokyo's metropolitan area, at about 13,388 square kilometers (5,169 square miles), is home to more than 32 million people, making it the most densely populated urban area in the world. Tokyo residents live within striking distance of Japan's tallest volcano, which is also the country's highest point at 3,776 meters (12,388 feet). Mt. Fuji is still considered active, although the last major eruption of this perfectly symmetrical stratovolcano came in 1707. Because of its height and spectacular scenery, Mt. Fuji is a favorite for touring, mountain climbing, hiking, and nature walking. In this image, elevations are represented by color; height increases from white to green to brown. For visualization purposes, topographic heights are exaggerated two times.
Image Title: Perspective View with Radar Image Overlaid, Color as Height: Mt. Fuji and Tokyo, Japan
Catalog #: PIA02793
Target Name: Earth
Mission: Shuttle Radar Topography Mission
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Last Modified On: Wednesday, February 28, 2001