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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