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Environmental Implications of Japan's Geology 12, Avalanche scar, Mt. Iwate.
Avalanche scar, Mt. Iwate. -- This steep slope on Mt. Iwate has several avalanche scars marked by patches of bare rock and the absence of trees. Avalanches are most common where deep snow falls on steep slopes. In Japan, moisture-laden air masses from the surrounding oceans can produce very heavy snowfall in the mountains. This, combined with frequent earthquakes which can act as triggers, mean that avalanches are another natural hazard the Japanese have to contend with.
 
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