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Sometime around 70 million years ago, Hawaii history was made when a cataclysmic rupture occurred in the Earth’s mantle, deep below the crust. A hot column of liquid rock blasted through the Pacific plate like a giant cutting torch, forcing magma to the surface off the coast of Russia, forming the Emperor Seamounts. As the tectonic plate moved slowly over the hot spot, this torch cut a long scar along the plate, piling up mountains of rock, producing island after island. The oldest of these to have survived in Hawaii history is Kure. Once a massive island with a unique ecosystem, only its ghost remains in the form of a fringing coral reef, called an atoll.
As soon as the islands were born, a conspiracy of elements proceeded to dismantle them. Ocean waves unmercifully battered the fragile and fractured rock. Abundant rain, especially on the northeastern sides of the mountains, easily carved up the rock surface, seeking faults in the rock and forming rivers and streams. In forming these channels, the water carried away the rock and soil, robbing the islands of their very essence. Additionally, the weight of the islands ensured their doom. Lava flows on top of other lava, and the union of these flows is always weak. This lava also contains countless air pockets and is crisscrossed with hollow lava tubes, making it inherently unstable. As these massive amounts of rock accumulated, their bases were crushed under the weight of subsequent lava flows, causing their summits to sink back into the sea.
As with people, volcanic islands have a life cycle. After their violent birth, islands grow to their maximum size, get carved up by the elements, collapse in parts, and finally sink back into the sea. Someday, all the Hawaiian Islands will be nothing more than geologic footnotes in the Earth’s turbulent history. When a volcanic island is old, it is a sandy sliver called an atoll, devoid of mountains, merely a shadow of its former glory. When it’s middle-aged, it can be a lush wonderland, a haven for anything green, like Kaua‘i and O‘ahu. And when it is young, it is dynamic and unpredictable, like the Big Island of Hawai‘i, but lacking the scars of experience from its short battle with the elements. The first people to occupy these islands were blessed with riches beyond their wildest dreams.
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