National Geographic : 1933 Mar
Photograph by Kiyoshi Sakamoto THREE FUJIS IN ONE PICTURE: THE "FUJI EXPRESS," FUJI RIVER, ANDMOUNT FUJI Because of their mountainous origin, the rivers are short and rapid. During the rainy seasons the waters flow so swiftly that the siltand top soil are carried to the sea, leaving wide gravel beds on the plain regions. Many acres of land surface are thus rendered useless toagriculture, and extensive bridges for roads and railways are made necessary (see text, page 285). During the summer months Fuji loses itsmantle ofsnow.