Kitami Mountains

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Kitami Mountains
北見山地 Kitami-sanchi
Highest point
Peak Mount Teshio (Hokkaidō)
Elevation 1,558 m (5,112 ft)
Coordinates 43°57′52″N 142°53′17″E / 43.96444°N 142.88806°E / 43.96444; 142.88806Coordinates: 43°57′52″N 142°53′17″E / 43.96444°N 142.88806°E / 43.96444; 142.88806
Length 180 km (110 mi) Southeast-Northwest
Country Japan
State Hokkaidō

Kitami Mountains (北見山地 Kitami-sanchi?) is a mountain range of Hokkaidō, Japan. Unlike much of the rest of Japan, the Kitami Mountains are not very seismically active.[1]

The Kitami Mountains are north of the Ishikari Mountains and east of the Teshio Mountains. A depression separates the Kitami Mountains from the Yubari Mountains.[1] The highest point in the Kitami Mountains is Mount Teshio. Mount Teshio sits atop the Wenshiri horst.[2]


Rocks from the Kitami mountains are mostly sedimentary from the Cretaceous-Paleogene periods. Volcanic rock was placed down on top of this from volcanoes that erupted in the Miocene or later.[1]

The Kitami Mountains formed in the inner arc of the Kurile Arc.



  1. ^ a b c Nishiwaki, Hirotoshi (2009). "Hokkaido". Introduction to Landforms and Geology of Japan. self-published. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  2. ^ "Kitami-Sanmyaku". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-07.