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Environmental Implications of Japan's Geology 01, High population density, Ginza, Tokyo.

High population density, Ginza, Tokyo

High population density, Ginza, Tokyo. -- With a total area of about 143,000 square miles, Japan is a bit smaller than California. Much of the land is too mountainous for cities and towns so the population is concentrated on those areas flat enough to build upon. About 70 percent of Japanese live in cities, and in places like Tokyo the population density may reach 20,000 or more people per square mile. -- Because of its location at the boundary of converging earth plates, Japan is geologically active with frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity. When these natural processes adversely affect people they are considered geological hazards. With a large population concentrated in a small areas, Japan is susceptible to serious geological disasters.
 
Editorial assistant: Joseph Augustin. Collection Librarian: Amy Bryant. -- Please send any questions, comments, or content corrections to Michael Thiedeman, Professor of Art, Earlham College, Richmond, IN 47374 USA. email address: thiedmi@earlham.edu -- With reference to this set of images dealing with the geology of Japan, you may wish to contact Dr. Charles Martin, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geology, Earlham College, email: martich@earlham.edu