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Hokkaido

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Hayato Ueda
Hayato Ueda
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January 01, 2016

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Hokkaido is the northernmost of the four main islands of Japan and lies between Honshu Island to the SW, the neighbouring far-east Russian territories such as Sakhalin Island to the north, Primorye (Sikhote-Alin) to the west and the Kuril islands to the east. It has close geological relations with all these adjacent areas. The island also faces three ocean basins: the Pacficto the south, the Kuril Basin of the Sea of Okhotsk to the NE, and the Sea of Japan to the west. The latter two are back-arc basins opened in the Miocene, so that most of the basement rocks were generated before their opening and related to Jurassic-Palaeogene arc-trench systems involving subduction of oceanic plates in the Pacific.

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Geological Society, London, Geology of Series

The Geology of Japan

Teresa Moreno
Teresa Moreno
Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDæA), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Barcelona, Spain
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Simon Wallis
Simon Wallis
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University, Japan
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Tomoko Kojima
Tomoko Kojima
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kumamoto University, Japan
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Wes Gibbons
Wes Gibbons
WPS, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
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Geological Society of London
ISBN electronic:
9781862397064
Publication date:
January 01, 2016

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