Neogene–Quaternary sedimentary successions
Makoto Ito, Koji Kameo, Yasufumi Satoguchi, Fujio Masuda, Yoshihisa Hiroki, Osamu Takano, Takeshi Nakajima, Noriyuki Suzuki, 2016. "Neogene–Quaternary sedimentary successions", The Geology of Japan, Teresa Moreno, Simon Wallis, Tomoko Kojima, Wes Gibbons
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Neogene and Quaternary sedimentary successions are widely distributed across the Japanese islands, commonly underlying or distributing nearby heavily populated areas where the infrastructure of Japanese society is fully developed. Furthermore, some Neogene sedimentary successions contain oil and gas and have played an important role in hydrocarbon production in Japan. The Neogene and Quaternary sedimentary basins formed as a response to the development of the Japanese arc-trench system as a result of the opening of the Sea of Japan (c. 15 Ma), and spatial and temporal variations in the sedimentary successions are considered to have been controlled by the interaction between glacial-interglacial sea-level changes and active tectonic movements of the arc-trench system, which has been controlled mainly by subduction of the Paci?c and Philippine Sea plates beneath the Japanese islands.
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The Geology of Japan
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;
Neogene-Quaternary Sedimentary Successions;
Deep Seismic Structure;
Coastal Geology and Oceanography;
Mineral and Hydrocarbon Resources;
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.