, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 111–124 | Cite as

Tectonic landforms and quaternary tectonics in Japan

  • Ota Y. 


The study of tectonic landforms is one of the main themes of geomophological research in Japan, characterized as a tectonically active area along the subducting oceanic plates. The recent trends in the studies of tectonic landforms which include an arrangement or distribution of major ranges and plains, vertical displacement of low-relief erosion surfaces and of marine terraces, and various kinds of deformed features due to active faulting or folding, are introduced here with special reference to the Quaternary geomorphic development. A regionality of each tectonic landforms is also summarized. Further, some fundamental concept of the Quaternary tectonics, for instance, an accumulative character of each type of deformation and sequence of rate of tectonic movement, reconstruction of former stress field as well as a relation between the Quaternary tectonic movement and seismic deformation in present and historic time are discussed on the basis of analysis of the tectonic landforms. The Quaternary tectonics of the Japanese Islands are essentially characterized by the compressional stress, originated from the subduction of oceanic plates, and regionality can be interpreted as the result of the different response of each tectonic region to island arc tectonics.


Subduction Stress Field Historic Time Vertical Displacement Active Fault 
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  • Ota Y. 
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  1. 1.Yokohama National Univ.YokohamaJapan

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