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Image Caption: Kamchatka Peninsula
Southern Kamchatka Peninsula is at the junction of three tectonic
plates: Eurasian, Pacific, and North American. Off the southeastern
coast of the peninsula lies the deep (>25,000 ft) Kurile trench, where
the Pacific plate is descending beneath Eurasia as the two converge. In
such settings (subduction zones) volcanoes develop on the overriding
plate -- Eurasia in this instance -- producing the craters, lava flows,
and rugged topography seen in this southward view. Shuttle Radar
Topography Mission (SRTM) images provide great topographic detail for
interpreting the photographic data.