The Interface of Geology, Ecology, and Society: The Case of Aso Volcanic Landscape

Chakraborty, Shamik, "The Interface of Geology, Ecology, and Society: The Case of Aso Volcanic Landscape" in Natural Heritage of Japan: Geological, Geomorphological, and Ecological Aspects ed. Chakraborty, Abhik, Mokudai, Kuniyasu, Cooper, Malcolm, Watanabe, Mahito and Chakraborty, Shamik (Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2018), 117-130.

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  • Author Chakraborty, Shamik
    Book Editor Chakraborty, Abhik
    Mokudai, Kuniyasu
    Cooper, Malcolm
    Watanabe, Mahito
    Chakraborty, Shamik
    Chapter Title The Interface of Geology, Ecology, and Society: The Case of Aso Volcanic Landscape
    Book Title Natural Heritage of Japan: Geological, Geomorphological, and Ecological Aspects
    Publication Date 2018
    Place of Publication Cham
    Publisher Springer International Publishing
    Start page 117
    End page 130
    Language eng
    Abstract Aso, located in central Kyushu, is one of the largest terrestrial caldera volcanoes on Earth. The name Aso actually refers to a group of active volcanoes. The volcanoes of Aso witnessed several very large explosions from 300,000 BP to 90,000 BP, whose ejecta is found over a wide area in Kyushu. The surrounding highlands around the volcano are a major headwater source for the area’s rivers such as the Shira River. Some of the largest human-managed grasslands in Japan are found in this area. Aso is a UNESCO Global Geopark for its credentials as a supervolcano and an FAO-designated Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System for its grassland landscape. This chapter introduces the main features of the Aso UNESCO Global Geopark and explains how seminatural grassland landscapes are a result of long-term interaction between the local and regional geology and geomorphology, biotic elements, and human culture. In recent years, the condition of some parts of the grassland has deteriorated; this threatens many ecosystem services (ES) that they produce. This chapter evokes the concept of traditional socio-ecological landscapes that are known as “satoyama” in Japan, as an important management issue for this remarkable volcanic geoheritage.
    UNBIS Thesaurus JAPAN
    Keyword Cultural landscapes
    Ecosystem services
    Aso volcanic area
    Copyright Holder Springer International Publishing AG
    Copyright Year 2018
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-61896-8_11
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