This perspective view shows the western side of the volcanically
active Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia. The image was generated
using the first data collected during the Shuttle Radar Topography
Mission (SRTM). In the foreground is the Sea of Okhotsk. Inland from the
coast, vegetated floodplains and low relief hills rise toward snow-capped peaks. The topographic effects on snow and vegetation
distribution are very clear in this near-horizontal view. Forming the
skyline is the Sredinnyy Khrebet, the volcanic mountain range that makes
up the spine of the peninsula. High resolution SRTM topographic data
will be used by geologists to study how volcanoes form, and to understand
the hazards posed by future eruptions.
This image was generated using topographic data from SRTM and an
enhanced true-color image from the Landsat 7 satellite. This image
contains about 2,400 meters (7,880 feet) of total relief. The
topographic expression was enhanced by adding artificial shading as
calculated from the SRTM elevation model. The Landsat data was provided
by the United States Geological Surveys Earth Resources Observations
Systems (EROS) Data Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Size: 33.3 km (20.6 miles) wide x 136 km (84 miles) coast to skyline
Location: 58.3 deg. North lat., 160 deg. East long.
Orientation: Easterly view, 2 degrees down from horizontal
Original Data Resolution: 30 meters (99 feet)
Vertical Exaggeration: 3 times
Date Acquired: February 12, 2000 (SRTM) August 1, 1999 (Landsat)