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Environmental Implications of Japan's Geology 14, Isolated mountain valleys, Kitakami Highlands, near Mt. Komagatake
Isolated mountain valleys, Kitakami Highlands, near Mt. Komagatake. -- Many valleys in Japan with enough flat land to support a village or town are separated from each other by mountainous terrain. Here two such valleys can be seen, one in the left foreground, the other in the middle distance on the right. Small settlements are present in each of these valleys. Recent road and railroad construction has improved communication, but for much of their history, many Japanese villages were relatively isolated from the rest of the country.
 
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