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Fluvial terrace and geomorphology in the Tokigawa (Shonaigawa) river basin since the middle Pleistocene

Tajikara, Masayoshi*; Yasue, Kenichi; Yanagida, Makoto*; Furusawa, Akira*; Tanaka, Norifumi*; Morita, Yoshimune*; Sugai, Toshihiko

Many papers reported that Quaternary climate and sea-level fluctuations have controlled riverbed elevation in the river basins in the northeastern Japan. However, in the southwestern Japan, such climatic-controlled riverbed fluctuations have not been reported, except a few reports based on uncertain chronological data. In this research, we investigated fluvial terraces along the Tokigawa river that flows through the low relief mountainous areas, and examined whether riverbed fluctuations similar to these in rivers in the northeastern Japan occurred in the river basin. We mapped fluvial terraces based on air photo analysis, and inferred the age and climate at the time of formation of these terraces based on $$^{14}$$C dating, tephra analysis, and pollen analysis. Based on results of these analyses, we concluded that the fluvial terraces in the river basin have been formed in consequence of the riverbed fluctuation linked to the climate change.



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