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Geology of Japan (hardback)

Product Code: GOJAPH
Series: GSL Geology of - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by T. Moreno, S.R. Wallis, T. Kojima & W. Gibbons
Publication Date: 16 March 2016
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It has been 25 years since publication of the most recent English language summary of the geology of Japan. This book offers an up-to-date comprehensive guide for those interested both in the geology of the Japanese islands and geological processes of island arcs in general. It contains contributions from over 70 different eminent researchers in their fields and is divided into 12 main chapters:

  • Geological Evolution of Japan: an Overview;
  • Regional Tectonostratigraphy (consisting of seven separate sections giving full coverage both to the different geographic regions and different geological ages);
  • Ophiolites and Ultramafic Units;
  • Granitic Rocks;
  • Miocene–Holocene Volcanism;
  • Neogene–Quaternary Sedimentary Successions;
  • Deep Seismic Structure;
  • Crustal Earthquakes;
  • Coastal Geology and Oceanography;
  • Mineral and Hydrocarbon Resources;
  • Engineering Geology;
  • Field Geotraverse, Geoparks and Geomuseums (with information on travelling by public transport to see some of the great geological sites of Japan).

Each chapter includes the unique contribution of an extensive aid to the written forms of geology-related names in Japanese.

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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-742-2
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 536
Weight: 1.8 kg


Contents; Preface; Contributors; Foreword

1. Geological evolution of Japan: an overview, A. Taira, Y. Ohara, S. R. Wallis, A. Ishiwatari & Y. Iryu

2. Regional tectonostratigraphy

2a. Palaeozoic basement and associated cover, M. Ehiro, T. Tsujimori, K. Tsukada & M. Nuramkhaan

2b. Pre-Cretaceous accretionary complexes, S. Kojima, Y. Hayasaka, Y. Hiroi, A. Matsuoka, H. Sano, Y. Sugamori, N. Suzuki, S. Takemura, T. Tsujimori & T. Uchino

2c. Paired metamorphic belts of SW Japan: the geology of the Sanbagawa and Ryoke metamorphic belts and the Median Tectonic Line, S. R. Wallis & T. Okudaira

2d. Cretaceous–Neogene accretionary units: Shimanto Belt, G. Kimura, Y. Hashimoto, A. Yamaguchi, Y. Kitamura & K. Ujiie

2e. The Kyushu–Ryukyu Arc, K. Miyazaki, M. Ozaki, M. Saito & S. Toshimitsu

2f. Izu–Bonin Arc, Y. Tatsumi, Y. Tamura, A. R. L. Nichols, O. Ishizuka, N. Takahashi & K. Tani

2g. Hokkaido, H. Ueda

3. Ophiolites and ultramafic rocks, A. Ishiwatari, K. Ozawa, S. Arai, S. Ishimaru, N. Abe & M. Takeuchi

4. Granitic rocks, T. Nakajima, M. Takahashi, T. Imaoka & T. Shimura

5. Miocene–Holocene volcanism, S. Nakada, T. Yamamoto & F. Maeno

6. Neogene–Quaternary sedimentary successions, M. Ito, K. Kameo, Y. Satoguchi, F. Masuda, Y. Hiroki, O. Takano, T. Nakajima & N. Suzuki

7. Deep seismic structure, A. Hasegawa, J. Nakajima & D. Zhao

8. Crustal earthquakes, S. Toda

9. Coastal geology and oceanography, Y. Saito, K. Ikehara & T. Tamura

10. Mineral and hydrocarbon resources, Y. Watanabe, T. Takagi, N. Kaneko & Y. Suzuki

11. Engineering geology, M. Chigira, Y. Kanaori, Y. Wakizaka, H. Yoshida & Y. Miyata

12. Field geotraverse, geoparks and geomuseums, W. Gibbons, T. Moreno & T. Kojima



David Nowell

This review featured in Geoscientist vol 27/3 April 2017

Given the wealth of geological research emanating from the Japanese Islands, it is surprising that this is the first large format English language overview for 25 years of the remarkable insights which have been obtained during this time.

….the editors must be congratulated for bringing together the work of over 70 researchers to produce this magnificent volume.

Philip Clark, MA Oxon, BSc (hons) Open

This review featured in Proceedings of the Open University Geological Society Volume 4 2018

The Geology of Japan has many authors — more than 70 – and brings up-to-date research into the geology of an area. It is the first comprehensive English-language survey of the geology of Japan for 25 years...In general, this book appears a most comprehensive and useful work, and I hope it will be much borrowed from the Severnside branch library.

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