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May 10th is Geology Day-METI to Hold an Exhibition Event in the Lobby on the First Floor of METI’s Main Building-

The earth is composed of rocks, soil, and other materials. The study of the characteristics of these components is called geology, and geological information is used in practical ways such as in producing geological maps and databases. In adherence with the spirit of “Geology Day,” the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is to hold an exhibition event in the lobby of the first floor of METI’s main building in order to familiarize people with geological information, mainly demonstrating the GeomapNavi, which is a geological information browsing system.

1. The origin of Geology Day on May 10th

Its origin can be traced to the day May 10, 1876, on which the first wide-area geological map was created in Japan (Geological Sketch Map of the Island of Yesso, Japan, with a scale of 1:2,000,000).

2. METI’s efforts regarding geology

The Japanese government has been conducting geological surveys for about 130 years, mainly by commissioning the work to the Geological Survey of Japan (GSJ) under the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and METI has made these results available on websites and elsewhere, as geological information compiled in various forms such as geological maps and databases.

Geological information is the most fundamental information for understanding the nation’s land, and the use of this information plays an important role in the siting of industries, public construction works, the planning, consideration of regional disaster prevention plans and hazard maps and geological disaster risk assessment.

In addition, this information is used in the exploration and development of natural resources such as oil, natural gas, mineral resources, and geothermal energy, development of regional tourism resources such as hot springs and scenery, and suitable land selection for agricultural production.

3. Outline of panel exhibition

  1. Dates: Thursday, May 7, 2015 through Friday, May 29, 2015
  2. Venue: First floor lobby (front entrance side), METI’s main building
  3. Details:

    (i) Geology Day poster
    Presentation of the origin of Geology Day on May 10 and information on events all over Japan
    (Scan the QR code on the poster to see the event information.)

    (ii) Presentation of geology and its practical uses, what geology is, what geology provides for us, and how geology is involved in our daily lives

    (iii) Demonstration of GeomapNavi, which is a geological information browsing system
    METI is to exhibit GeomapNavi, which is a tool for the practical use of geology.
    Scan the QR code on the panel to use GeomapNavi while looking at the panel.

*The above details are also available on the website of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST).
URL: External Site Link (in Japanese)

Release date

May 7, 2015

Division in Charge

Measurement and Intellectual Infrastructure Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
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