Fukui Prefectural Varve Museum (center)
Fukui Prefectural Varve Museum’s entrance
Lake Mikata and Lake Suigetsu. The Varve Museum is located in the circle at the bottom right.
Professor Nakagawa explaining in front of samples of varves
How interesting science is!
Last month, I participated in a guided tour by a paleoclimatology professor Takeshi Nakagawa at the Fukui Prefectural Varve Museum. According to Nakagawa, the museum is an "edgy" facility made only to show 45-meter soil lump.
In fact, it's the only museum in the world that shows the full varves piled up for 70,000 years taken from the bottom of the Lake Suigetsu, one of the Five Lakes of Mikata.
The varves of the Lake Suigetsu have been created because some conditions met miraclulously. There was a hard effort to collect and prepare the samples. And dynamic changes of the earth can be seen from the samples.
I was fascinated by the professor's talk and moved by the point of view as a scientist who works on a large scale phenomenon.
And, I felt proud that Fukui Prefecture made this facility.