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May 10th is Geology Day Panel exhibition to be held concerning geothermal and earth-thermal heat

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. Taking the opportunity of Geology Day, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will hold a panel exhibition event, focusing on the explanation of geothermal and ground-source heat pump systems in the lobby of the first floor of the METI Main Building. Through this event, METI will aim to provide the public with an opportunity to learn about geological information to allow them to gain more familiarity with geology.

1. Origin of Geology Day on May 10th

On May 10, 1876, the country’s first wide-area geological map, titled “Geological Sketch Map of the Island of Yesso, Japan,” with a scale of 1:2,000,000 was completed. Geology Day was established in honor of the completion of this first map.

2. Efforts involving geological surveys

The Japanese government has been conducting geological surveys for about 130 years and compiling survey results into a variety of forms, e.g., geological maps. METI has been striving to streamline such maps, related data and other geological information and maintain them using a database and other means by commissioning the work to the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). The geological information is accessible on the website of Geological Survey of Japan, AIST.

3. Outline of the panel exhibition

  1. Period of the event: From May 1 (Mon.) to May 31 (Wed.), 2017
  2. Venue: Lobby (at the front entrance side) on the first floor of the METI Main Building
  3. Details of the event
    • Explanation of geothermal power generation and ground-source heat pump system
      METI will explain the details of geothermal and ground-source heat pump systems, the advantages brought to people’s everyday lives by effective utilization of such heat, and other information.

Release date

May 1, 2017

Division in Charge

General information
Technical Regulations, Standards and Conformity Assessment Policy Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau
Information on details of the event
Geological Survey of Japan, AIST
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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