This is Maui?

August 21, 2006

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I was shocked flying to the island of Maui yesterday. I expected it all to be green and lush, but saw, on the south part of the island, this kind of terrain. It seems the northern part of most of the islands are wetter, greener and cooler, and the southern part more desert like. As they are huge volcanoes, mostly dormant except on the big island, the basic shape is a big old dome with alluvial fans all around them. As we flew over this, I was afraid Maui was Death Valley surrounded by water. Although it’s a bit hot, the trade winds make it cooler. [Thanks to dogmouth for the photo.]

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Fairyboy69 August 22, 2006 at 10:55 am

O wow, I never thought about that either. But now that I have, it makes sense. It looks like one of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote. It’s been a long time since I was there, but it made a big impression on me.

Roger Bourland August 22, 2006 at 11:49 am

Mark tells me that in 15,000 years,that whole valley will be back underwater. All lava based islands will eventually collapse and return to their watery origins!

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