[KS] Korean geology: What did we know and when did we know it?

Afostercarter at aol.com Afostercarter at aol.com
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).
Kind regards
Aidan Foster-Carter
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).
Rudiger  Frank

on Donnerstag, 20. März 2014 at 02:45 you wrote:

Dear  Bill,

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).

Sem Vermeersch
Associate  Director, 
International Center for Korean Studies
Seoul  National University
599 Gwanangno, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151-742
Tel.  +82-2-880-4038

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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