The coralline limestone cliffs have been battered by the waves to create striking rock formations. Standing on the beach, large blocks shaped like mushrooms make for curious reliefs; meanwhile, halfway up the steep rock faces, it is as if Mother Nature herself has hewn out the deliberate shape of large arches reminiscent of a pair of spectacles. In summer, the sun sets in the axis of the arches, on the horizon of the East China Sea.
Amami islands: an outstanding geology
The northern Ryukyu Arc is the geological extension of the Outer belt of southwestern Japan. Of volcanic origin, the Amami Islands possess a granite subsoil and are lined in coral reefs. Some are also entirely covered in ancient corallian limestone reefs.Discover