North Korea Physical Map
Physical map of North Korea, equirectangular projection
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North Korea physical features
In North Korea the terrain consists mostly of hills and mountains separated by deep, narrow valleys. The coastal plains are wide in the west and discontinuous in the east. The land around Paektusan near the China border is volcanic in origin and includes a basalt lava plateau with elevations of between 1400 and 2000 meters above sea level. The Hamgyong Range, located in the extreme northeastern part of the peninsula, has many high peaks including Kwanmosan at approximately 1756 meters. Other major ranges include the Nangnim Mountains, which are located in the north-central part of North Korea and run in a north-south direction, making communication between the eastern and western parts of the country rather difficult; and the Kangnam Range, which runs along the North Korea-China border. Kumgangsan, or Diamond Mountain, (approximately 1638 meters) in the Taebaek Range, which extends into South Korea, is famous for its scenic beauty. For the most part, the plains are small. The most extensive are the Pyongyang and Chaeryong plains, each covering about 500 square kilometers. Because the mountains on the east coast drop abruptly to the sea, the plains are even smaller there than on the west coast.
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