Many people live around volcanoes in Japan and also visit volcanoes for their beautiful natural environment, hot springs, and sightseeing. However, these people do not necessarily understand volcanoes well. We sincerely hope that people will deepen their understanding toward the actual conditions of volcanoes, take measures to minimize damage, and live a rich and peaceful life while enjoying the daily blessings of volcanoes. We are hoping to contribute toward that end through our research.
The AIST series Challenge Volcanic Eruptions (edited by the Geological Survey of Japan) focusing on research to reduce damage from volcanic eruptions is published by Maruzen. It may help you deepen your understanding.
At the Geological Museum in the AIST Tsukuba center, the state of the earth and the mechanisms of its change are introduced in a simple way using plenty of geological specimens, three-dimensional models, and images. Above all, we are trying to introduce a variety of geological phenomena from many viewpoints, such as volcanic eruptions and hot spring phenomena caused by magma rising to the earth's surface. Volcanoes let us feel the “living earth” and they greatly excite our curiosity. While volcanoes bring life threatening eruptions and landslide disasters, they can also enrich our lives with hot springs and geothermal and mineral resources. Coexistence with volcanoes may be an eternal theme for those who live on the Japanese archipelago. Many interesting questions about volcanoes arise, including: Where do active volcanoes exist and what kind of eruptions did they cause in the past, for instance what damage could occur if Mt. Fuji erupts? How are volcanoes and hot springs associated? How can we extract the energy from the geothermal fluid existing under volcanic regions? In what kind of places are clay deposits and metal veins such as gold, silver, copper, and zinc formed? How can we find a vein?
Why not visit the Geological Museum and discover the answers to these fundamental questions?