[KS] Korean geology: What did we know and when did we know it?
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Thu Mar 20 04:24:42 EDT 2014
It may be worth mentioning here that some years ago North Korea
published a substantial tome on Korea's geology:
Geology of Korea (in English) (Pyongyang: DPRK Academy of Sciences, 1995).
In a message dated 20/03/2014 07:17:07 GMT Standard Time,
ruediger.frank at univie.ac.at writes:
I should add that although I am not aware of that particular article that
Sem mentions, I am quite sure it extensively quotes (or at least should do
so) the classic on this topic, written by a German geographer in 1945, who
benefitted from the Axis alliance with Japan and was able to travel the
whole peninsula relatively freely. The book has been translated into English:
Hermann Lautensach: Korea: a geography based on the author!/s travels and
literature. Translated by Eckart and Katherine Dege. xvii, 598 pp. Berlin:
Springer- Verlag, 1988
The German original has been published in early 1945, so that the British
and the Americans could very well have been aware of the huge reserves of
gold and other minerals up North, especially since there haven't been too
many books around on Korea at that time (when German was not as exotic a
language as it is today, making the book easily accessible).
on Donnerstag, 20. März 2014 at 02:45 you wrote:
You can find a very good discussion on what the West knew about geological
resources (mainly tungsten) in Chad Denton's "More Valuable than Gold:
Korean Tungsten and the Japanese War Economy, 1910 to 1945," Seoul Journal of
Korean Studies 26:2 (2013).
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Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:11:36 -0700
From: photografr7 at yahoo.com
To: koreanstudies at koreanstudies.com
Subject: [KS] Korean geology: What did we know and when did we know it?
Northern Korea is rich in monazite, about 5.5% of which is thorium oxide
and less than 1% uranium oxide. From what I understand, the majority of
monazite is located in the mountainous regions of North Korea, although the
monazite itself is most often mined in stream and river "placers" that flow
from those mountains. Since much of my information was obtained from pre-war
Japanese geologists, I'm wondering how much of this geological information
was available to the British and to the Americans during WWII.
-- Bill Streifer
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