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Links on the research of Mount Usu

Mount Usu / Sarobetsu post-mined peatland
From left: Crater basin in 1986 and 2006. Cottongrass / Daylily

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How is it on and around Mount Usu?


  • Adikari Y, Kikuchi S, Araya T. 2005. Sedimentation and succession pattern in regenerating primary vegetation governing gully formation in the area devastated by the 2000 eruption of the Mount Usu volcano, in Hokkaido, Japan. Zeitschrift fur Geomorphologie, Supplement 140: 103-113
  • Adikari Y, Kikuchi S, Yamada T, Araya T. 2003. The affect of vegetation on gulley formation process in the devastated area of 2000 eruption of Mount Usu volcano in Hokkaido, Japan. Proceeding of the Japanese Geomorphological Union Meeting, Transaction, Japanese Geomorphological Union 24: 341-342
  • Shoji S, Takahashi T. 2002. Environmental and agricultural significance of volcanic ash soils. Global Environmental Research 6: 113-135
  • Yokoyama I, Seino M. 2001. Geophysical comparison of the three eruptions in the 20th century of Usu volcano, Japan. Earth, Planets and Space 52: 73-89
  • Yokoyama I, Yamashita H, Watanabe H, Okada H. 1981. Geophysical characteristics of dacite volcanism -the 1977-1978 eruption of Usu volcano. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 9: 335-358

The 2000 eruptions

  • Nogami K, Hirabayashi J, Nishimura Y, Suzuki A. 2002. Nature and origin of volcanic ash in the 2000 eruption of Usu volcano, southwestern Hokkaido, Japan. Earth, Planets and Space 54: 993-998

Volcanoes, described in Japanese or English

GeoPark · EcoMuseum (ジオパーク・エコミュージアム)


GeoPark (ジオパーク)

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines geopark in Geoparks International Network of Geoparks Program:
  • A territory encompassing one or more sites of scientific importance, not only for geological reasons but also by virtue of its archaeological, ecological or cultural value.

EcoMuseum (エコミュージアム)

A museum focuses on the identity of a place to enhance the welfare and development of the communities. Now the definition is becoming diverse.


Stone Hammer Geopark

[fossil, 化石]

Chipman Hill

Remarkable for the range of trompe l'æil effects and skillful execution, the wall and ceiling paintings inside this residence, part of a row of similar town houses, reflect the taste of the High Victorian era. Combining classical and Renaissance influences, the paintings create the illusion of sculpture, wall panelling, materials and texstures. These works, probably executed in the 1870s, are an expression of the wealth of a successful entrepreneur. This is a rare surviving example of early artistic painted decoration in a Canadian home.

I stayed for the 6th conference of global geoparks from 18 to 23 September 2014