Fujiyama, Japan

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There are certain mountain peaks that are known everywhere. Such are Mount Everest, Pike's Peak, Vesuvius, Mont Blanc, the Jungfrau, and Fujiyama. Fujiyama ("yä´ mä" means "mountain") is in Japan, southwest of Yokohama (y´ k-hä´ mä). People on board the ships calling at Yokohama or Tokyo, never fail to watch for the wonderful mountain. Its peak, as you see in the view, is almost a perfect cone. This cone has been built up by ashes and lava, for Fujiyama was once an active volcano. It is no longer active. Its top is covered with snow in the winter time, and enough clouds play about its crest to give it a changing appearance. But no Japanese could mistake Fujiyama. It has been painted so often on Japanese tiles and screens that every child knows it well. Indeed, it is looked upon by some Japanese as a mountain god guarding their land. Fujiyama is not so high as most of the other noted peaks in the world. It rises 12,425 feet above sea level. Mont Blanc is 15,782 feet high, and Mount Everest is 29,002 feet. However, these peaks are far inland and rise from a high plateau. Fujiyama rises to its height within a few miles of the sea and therefore appears to be much higher than it really is. Japan has much mountainous country. It has many hot springs and volcanoes. Earthquakes are frequent. Both volcanoes and earthquakes do much harm. It is on account of the earthquakes that the Japanese houses are built of such light material and are so low. What else in the picture beside the mountain makes it beautiful? Locate Yokohama; Tokyo. Name a high mountain in the United States east of the Mississippi. What is a volcano? How is a volcano formed? Keystone ID: 14812 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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