Coastal ridge landforms are mostly distributed in the lowlands along the Japanese coast and are important landforms for human settlement during the Holocene. This book presents the geomorphological development of coastal ridges during the Holocene in Japan. In addition, it offers a discussion of the influence of sea level changes and tectonic movements on coastal ridge formation. The relationship between coastal ridge development and human activities is also identified.
<b>Chapter 1 Study Area and Methods of Determining Ridge Development</b> 1.1. Classification and Distribution of Coastal Ridges in Japan 1.2. Reconstruction of Palaeoenvironmental Changes in Coastal Ridges using Fossil Foraminiferal Assemblages
<b>Chapter 2 Geomorphic Development of Coastal Ridges in Japan</b> 2.1. Barrier-Lagoon Complexes 2.1.1. Lake Hamana and Hamamatsu Lowland 2.1.2. Amanohashidate 2.2. Sand and Gravel Ridge-Backmarsh Complexes 2.2.1. Kano River and Ukishimagahara Lowlands 2.2.2. Tokoro Lowland 2.2.3. Kuninaka Lowland 2.2.4. Sendai Lowland 2.3. Beach Ridge Plains 2.3.1. Shimizu Lowland 2.3.2. Tateyama Lowland 2.3.3. Kujukurihama Lowland 2.4. Valley Plains 2.4.1. Matsuzaki Lowland 2.4.2. Haibara Lowland 2.5. Delta-Beach Ridge Complexes 2.5.1. Sagami River Lowland 2.5.2. Obitsu River Lowland
<b>Chapter 3 Relationship between the Geomorphic </b> <b>Development of Coastal Ridges and Human Activities</b> 3.1. Distribution of Archaeological Sites on Coastal Ridges 3.1.1. Lake Hamana and Hamamatsu Lowland 3.1.2. Kano River and Ukishimagahara Lowlands 3.1.3. Shimizu Lowland 3.1.4. Haibara Lowland 3.1.5. Other Areas : Tateyama, Kujukurihama and Obitsu River Lowlands 3.2. Distribution of Coastal Ridges and Human Activities in Tokyo 3.2.1. Geomorphic Development of the Kanto Plain 3.2.2. Landforms of Central Areas in Tokyo 3.2.3. Distribution of Archaeological Sites in the Centre of Tokyo 3.3. Beach Erosion in Coastal Ridges 3.3.1. Inner Part of Suruga Bay: the Numazu-Fuji Coast 3.3.2. Miho Spit 3.3.3. Amanohashidate 3.4. Influence of Tsunamis on Coastal Ridges : Case of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake
<b>Chapter 4 Geomorphic Development of Coastal Ridges during the Holocene</b> 4.1. Common and Different Processes of Coastal Ridge Development 4.1.1. Common Processes in Relation to Relative Sea Level Change 4.1.2. Factors Controlling Different Processes of Ridge Development 1: Tectonic Movements 4.1.3. Factors Controlling Different Processes of Ridge Development 2: Basal Landforms and Sediment Supply 4.2. Human Settlement on Coastal Ridges during the Holocene