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  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 034, Min River between Kiating and Yibin, Sichuan
    Thorp Collection 034, Min River between Kiating and Yibin, Sichuan

    Min River between Kiating and Yibin, Sichuan. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 027, waterfront, Chongqing, Sichuan
    Thorp Collection 027, waterfront, Chongqing, Sichuan

    Waterfront, Chongqing, Sichuan. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 129, Grassland. Larsen-Golehaggan, Chahar.
    Thorp Collection 129, Grassland. Larsen-Golehaggan, Chahar.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 131, "Gobi" Vegetation- Chahar.
    Thorp Collection 131, "Gobi" Vegetation- Chahar.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 069, Path in South Anhui.
    Thorp Collection 069, Path in South Anhui.

    Path in South Anhui. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of the image I.D. No. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing."

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 096, Mists - Trees South Shango Guichan
    Thorp Collection 096, Mists - Trees South Shango Guichan

    Mists - Trees South Shango Guichan. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. No. ecasia000072, ""Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing.""

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 121, Buddha on Cliff, Kanku, Gansu.
    Thorp Collection 121, Buddha on Cliff, Kanku, Gansu.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 119, Results of famine, Village in Gansu.
    Thorp Collection 119, Results of famine, Village in Gansu.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 095, Forest and Denuded Hills - Guiyang
    Thorp Collection 095, Forest and Denuded Hills - Guiyang

    Forest and Denuded Hills - Guiyang. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. No. ecasia000072, ""Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing.""

  • Thumbnail for Environmental Implications of Japan's Geology 12, Avalanche scar, Mt. Iwate.
    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.

  • Thumbnail for Environmental Implications of Japan's Geology 08, A recently active (1970's) volcano still steaming, Mt. Komagatake, Backbone Range.
    Environmental Implications of Japan's Geology 08, A recently active (1970's) volcano still steaming, Mt. Komagatake, Backbone Range.

    A recently active (1970's) volcano still steaming, Mt. Komagatake, Backbone Range. -- With careful monitoring, many volcanic eruptions can be predicted and precautions taken to prevent loss of life. Prevention of damage to structures and crops, however, is not possible. Unfortunately, not all predictions are completely correct. Volcano experts and disaster prevention officials were aware of the danger of an eruption at Mt. Unzen in Kyushu in 1991, but believed the main threat would be from mudflows descending the flank of the volcano. Instead, an explosive eruption sent an avalanche of hot gas and rocks hurtling down the mountain killing 41 people in a type of eruption not previously known at Mt. Unzen.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 169, Kungling Gorge Rapids.
    Thorp Collection 169, Kungling Gorge Rapids.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 171, Hillside Cultivation on Gorges.
    Thorp Collection 171, Hillside Cultivation on Gorges.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 173, Wushan Gorge.
    Thorp Collection 173, Wushan Gorge.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Environmental Implications of Japan's Geology 20, Mt. Iwate, near Morioka.
    Environmental Implications of Japan's Geology 20, Mt. Iwate, near Morioka.

    Mt. Iwate, near Morioka. -- Mt. Iwate, a potentially dangerous composite volcano, reminds us that the same geological processes that can cause widespread death and destruction also produce much of the natural beauty of Japan. Convergence of earth plates bends and breaks crustal rocks producing earthquakes in the process, but at the same time uplifts the surface to create spectacular mountains. Erupting volcanoes formed along these convergent boundaries lay waste to the landscape, yet also produce magnificent, graceful peaks like Mt. Fuji and Mt. Iwate. Wave action erodes coastlines, but also creates picturesque sea cliffs and stacks and magnificent indented shorelines. The same dynamic earth processes that created the Japanese Islands make them both dangerous and magnificent. In Japan, it is very difficult not be affected, both physically and emotionally, by the natural environment.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 180, Alluvial Lana, Kwannsian.
    Thorp Collection 180, Alluvial Lana, Kwannsian.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 197, Mists of Guilin.
    Thorp Collection 197, Mists of Guilin.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Landscapes of Japan, 08, Caldera occupied by Lake Tazawa, seen from Mt. Komagatake, Backbone Range.
    Landscapes of Japan, 08, Caldera occupied by Lake Tazawa, seen from Mt. Komagatake, Backbone Range.

    Caldera occupied by Lake Tazawa, seen from Mt. Komagatake, Backbone Range. -- Lake Tazawa, the deepest lake in Japan, is nearly circular in shape and about three and one-half miles across. It is nearly 1,400 feet deep and occupies a large depression of volcanic origin, called a caldera. This depression has steeply sloping sides and a mostly flat bottom. The caldera formed when huge amounts of volcanic material were erupted leading to the collapse of the resulting volcano into the vacated, empty chamber below. At least one small cone, formed by later volcanic activity, rises above the lake floor, but not to the lake surface. There are other calderas in Japan, including Lake Towada north of Morioka. Crater Lake in Oregon is a similar feature in the United States.

  • Thumbnail for Landscapes of Japan, 05, Mountainous Kitakami Highlands, mostly Paleozoic sedimentary rocks, at Tanohata.
    Landscapes of Japan, 05, Mountainous Kitakami Highlands, mostly Paleozoic sedimentary rocks, at Tanohata.

    Mountainous Kitakami Highlands, mostly Paleozoic sedimentary rocks, at Tanohata. -- The Kitakami Highlands are typical of many of the mountains of Japan. The landscape is mostly slopes with narrow ridge tops and only a few small flat valley bottoms. One is visible in the right side of this scene. These mountains are not volcanic but rather consist of sedimentary rocks deposited in horizontal layers which were later deformed by crustal movements related to plate convergence.

  • Thumbnail for Landscapes of Japan, 19, Coastal features, deeply embayed Pacific coast, Yamada.
    Landscapes of Japan, 19, Coastal features, deeply embayed Pacific coast, Yamada.

    Coastal features, deeply embayed Pacific coast, Yamada. -- The coastline at Yamada is irregular with large bays separated by mountainous promontories that jut into the sea. (Compare this coastline with the straight one shown in slide 1.18.) This kind of coastline can be produced where rocks and geological structures trend across the coastline so that shoreline erosion of weaker rocks produces bays while more resistant rocks are left as headlands and promontories. It can also result from submergence of a mountainous land surface where the flooded valleys form bays and the mountains stand above the sea.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 141, Forest on Red Soil, N. E. Kian, Jiangxi.
    Thorp Collection 141, Forest on Red Soil, N. E. Kian, Jiangxi.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 200, Cliff-Monument of Chukkoliang Wushan.
    Thorp Collection 200, Cliff-Monument of Chukkoliang Wushan.

    Cliff-Monument of Chukkoliang Wushan. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, “Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing,†the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 149, Karst Ferry near Yangshow, Gaungxi Zhuangzu Autonomous Region.
    Thorp Collection 149, Karst Ferry near Yangshow, Gaungxi Zhuangzu Autonomous Region.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Ajanta Caves, bridge over dry Waghora Riverbed
    Ajanta Caves, bridge over dry Waghora Riverbed

    The Ajanta Caves were carved out of the rocky hillside surrounding a bend in the Waghora River. During the dry season, the riverbed becomes a footpath but in the rainy season, people wade through the stream over slippery rocks.

  • Thumbnail for Great Wall
    Great Wall

    A photograph of a section of the Great Wall outside of Beijing.