Ogasawara Islands, Japan

  • Vanda Claudino-Sales
Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 28)


The Ogasawara Islands are in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, 1000 km south of the main Japanese Archipelago. The landscape is dominated by subtropical forest types and scrublands surrounded by steep cliffs. The islands provide precious information on the evolution of the Earth and organisms. They represent the only place in the world where a formation process of an oceanic island arc can be observed from its birth, juvenile phase, to the ongoing young phase. There is also species diversification to adapt to various types of environments. It has unique ecosystems, serving as habitats for a large number of globally important endangered species.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vanda Claudino-Sales
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  1. 1.Federal University of Ceará StateFortalezaBrazil

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