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Granitic rocks

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Takashi Nakajima
Takashi Nakajima
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Masaki Takahashi
Masaki Takahashi
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Teruyoshi Imaoka
Teruyoshi Imaoka
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Toshiaki Shimura
Toshiaki Shimura
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Published:
January 01, 2016

Abstract

Granitic rocks occupy nearly 30% of the ground surface of Japan (Geological Survey of Japan 1982) and are mainly Mesozoic and Cenozoic in age (Fig. 4.1). Palaeozoic granites do exist, but outcrops are sparse and mostly con?ned to geological fragments rather than large granitic provinces. Many Japanese granites belong within the Late Mesozoic granitic superprovince of the NW Paci?c rim, continuing northeastwards from Japan to Sikhote Alin and Chukotka and southwestwards to the Korean Peninsula and Southern Coastal China (Fig. 4.1). As part of the ’Late Mesozoic Circum-Pacific Ring of Fire’, these Asian granites provide a mirror image of the Canadian Cordillera, Sierra Nevada and Peninsular Range granitic provinces of western North America.

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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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