Izu Peninsula registered as UNESCO Geopark
NHK -- Apr 18
UNESCO has listed the Izu Peninsula in central Japan as a Global Geopark for its unique landform featuring many active volcanos in line.

The UN's cultural organization has been designating areas with globally unique topographical and geological features as Global Geoparks.

It says the Izu Peninsula is the only place in the world where 2 active volcanic mountain ranges intersect due to its location on the edge of the Philippine Sea tectonic plate.

It also says studies of the Tanna Fault, where a one-kilometer lateral slip was discovered in the 1930s, have been of great importance to fundamental geological research.

Eight other locations in Japan are registered as Global Geoparks. They include the Toya-Usu region in Hokkaido, and the Itoigawa region in Niigata Prefecture, central Japan.

静岡県の伊豆半島が国際的に貴重な地形を保護・活用するユネスコ(国連教育科学機関)世界ジオパークに認定されました。 ユネスコはパリで17日に開かれた執行委員会で、伊豆半島を世界ジオパークに認定しました。
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