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SRTM View of Kamchatka Penninsula
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This perspective view shows the western side of the volcanically active Kamchatka
Peninsula, Russia. The data are from the first C-band mapping swath of the
Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). In the foreground is the broad, flat
floodplain of the Amanina River, shown in blue. In background of the image is the
Sredinnyy Khrebet, the volcanic mountain range that makes up the "spine" of the
peninsula. The cluster of hills in the upper right is a field of small dormant
volcanoes. High resolution SRTM topographic data will be used by geologists to
study how volcanoes form and understand the hazards posed by future eruptions.
This shaded relief perspective view was generated using topographic data from the
Shuttle Radar Topography Mission. A computer-generated artificial light source
illuminates the elevation data to produce a pattern of light and shadows. Slopes
facing the light appear bright, while those facing away are shaded. On flatter
surfaces, the pattern of light and shadows can reveal subtle features in the
terrain. Colors show the elevation as measured by SRTM. Colors range from blue at
the lowest elevations to white at the highest elevations. This image contains
about 2300 meters (7500 feet) of total relief. To emphasize subtle differences in
topography, the relief is exaggerated by a factor of 5.
Size: 80 km (50 miles) x 100 km (62 miles) Location: 57.5 deg. North lat., 158.8
deg. East lon. Orientation: View toward the East Data Resolution: 30 meters (99
feet) Date Acquired: February 12, 2000