Category: geology

The sand dunes of Tottori are an oddity in Jap…

The sand dunes of Tottori are an oddity in Japan. The nearby Sendai River carries sand into the sea, and a combination of currents and winds carries that sand back up onto the shore, forming a large dune complex

Groups of shell fossils at Tatami Ga Ura

Groups of shell fossils at Tatami Ga Ura

The strange geology of Tatami Ga Ura.

The strange geology of Tatami Ga Ura.

A long time ago an earthquake occured off the shore of Hamada, in Shimane Prefecture. The earthquake lifted a large chunk of the seafloor above the waves. This has resulted in a very unique collection of formations in the area.

There were lots of interesting rocks around Mo…

There were lots of interesting rocks around Motonosumi Inari Shrine, but these in particular interested me. 

The whitish rocks in these pictures have lots of cracks running through them, but if you look closely you’ll see that the rock is actually raised up at the cracks. Wherever the rock was split there was a little lip. I’m curious what caused this.

Some cool rocks spotted on Mount Atago

Some cool rocks spotted on Mount Atago

Want to know what it’s like to climb Mount Fuji?Look at these…

Want to know what it’s like to climb Mount Fuji?

Look at these red igneous rocks, now imagine staring at a pile of these rocks for 7 hours by the light of a headlamp. 

That’s it, that’s the fuji experience.

Different types of coral found on Harutahama Beach.

Different types of coral found on Harutahama Beach.

The rock formations on Harutahama Beach are fascinating. The…

The rock formations on Harutahama Beach are fascinating. 

The layering, the drastic folds of different shape and size, the volcanic intrusions. 

Rocks and tidal pools at Harutahama Beach on Yakushima Island.In…

Rocks and tidal pools at Harutahama Beach on Yakushima Island.

In the last photo you can see the tide breaching over one of the rocks and starting to flood the area.

Probably wasn’t terribly smart of me to stick around and take photos as the ocean reclaimed the area.

Very strange rock formations found near Udo Shrine. If anyone…

Very strange rock formations found near Udo Shrine. 

If anyone knows what the deal is with these rocks I’d love to know.