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The data presented and reviewed here are sufficient to put forward a preliminary
model to explain the complex tectonic relationships at the Boso triple junction.
However, considerably more detailed research is needed to substantiate the broad
conclusions presented here.
Acknowledgments We thank the captain and crew of R/V KAIREI and the operation team of
ROV KAIKO-10K during JAMSTEC cruise KR99-11. Thanks are extended to our shipmates, in
particular the vice-chief scientist, Prof. Masao Nakanishi. Dive photos were provided courtesy of
Prof. Tatsuo Oji. The early manuscript was reviewed and revised by Profs. Kurtis Burmeister,
Yasuhiro Yamada, and Ryo Anma, to whom we are grateful.
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