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Understanding and living with the Earth

Geological information is essential for a country like Japan, located at a tectonically active area, to ensure a safe and secure society. The Geological Survey of Japan gathers, compiles, and provides geological information and promotes its wider use. We also develop technologies to overcome various difficulties related to global environment protection, exploration of minerals and energy resources, and natural disaster mitigation, and coordinate international cooperation as a national representative.

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New Research Results

A membrane-bounded genome in a bacterium isolated from a deep biosphere

In collaboration with JEOL Ltd. and Marine Works Japan Ltd., the researchers in AIST succeeded in culturing strain RT761, a bacterium that plays an important role in methane production in deep subsurface environments such as natural gas fields.

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Atribacter laminatus RT761, the novel bacterium in a new phylum Atribacterota

Release of High-Precision Elevation Tiles That Can Be Used for 3D Map Creation

AIST released "Seamless Elevation Tiles" consisting of high-precision elevation data for Hyogo Prefecture etc. converted to PNG elevation tiles that are easy to use on the web. Use of the released PNG elevation tiles achieves high-speed operation by 3D websites and other Internet sites.

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3D display of area around Sannomiya, Kobe using "Seamless Elevation Tiles"
(Geospatial Information Authority of Japan tile "photographs" are used)

Research Unit

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