Sumary of Four destinations that feel like geologic theme parks:
- By Walter Nicklin, Mario Tama Getty Images Lava from a Kilauea volcano fissure on Hawaii’s Big Island enters the Pacific Ocean.
- As the plane begins its descent to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, you look out the cabin window and wonder why.
- Why is the Hawaiian archipelago where it is, smack in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, almost 2,000 miles from the nearest continent?
- Any place on Earth has layers upon layers of such memories, but would-be rockhounds might find Hawaii, as well as the three travel destinations that follow, especially compelling.
- The geologic origins of the Hawaiian Islands remained a mystery until 1963, when the concept of a “hot spot” beneath the Earth’s crust was postulated.
- With even more time, that island is eroded, so the oldest Hawaiian islands become the smallest.