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Landscapes of Japan, 02, Weathered granodiorite, Shirasakatage.

Abstract

Weathered granodiorite, Shirasakatage. -- In mountainous terrain weathered rock material, a major component of soil, is rapidly carried away downslope. The result is soil that is thin, poor and rocky. The eroded material may be deposited along a river farther downstream producing a floodplain, or it may be carried all the way to the sea. Because most Japanese rivers and streams are short and fast moving, much of the material goes to the sea. Agriculture is difficult in the mountainous parts of Japan because of steep slopes and poor soils, and much of this land remains covered by forest.

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Copyright
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Publisher
Earlham College
PID
coccc:22842
Extent
747 w x 1125 h, 150ppi