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Honolulu and Pearl Harbour on Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands, USA

21.3N 157.8W

January 23rd, 2010 Category: Volcanoes

USA - January 2nd, 2010

USA - January 2nd, 2010

Oahu, known as “The Gathering Place”, is the third largest of the the Hawaiian Islands and most populous of the islands in the State of Hawaii. The state capital Honolulu is located on the southeast coast, and Pearl Harbor can be seen here in the center of the southern shoreline.

Including small close-in offshore islands such as Ford Island and the islands in Kaneohe Bay and off the eastern coast, it has a total land area of 596.7 square miles (1,545.4 km2), making it the 20th largest island in the United States. At its greatest dimensions, this volcanic island is 44 miles (71 km) long and 30 miles (48 km) across. The length of the shoreline is 227 miles (365 km).

The island is the result of two separate shield volcanoes: Waiʻanae and Koʻolau, with a broad “valley” or saddle (the central Oʻahu Plain) between them. The highest point is Mt. Ka’ala in the Waiʻanae Range, rising to 4,003 feet (1,220 m) above sea level.

The Hawaiian Islands of Kauai and Niihau

May 2nd, 2009 Category: Snapshots, Volcanoes

Hawaiian islands - April 13th, 2009

Hawaiian islands - April 13th, 2009

The intense green and brown of Kauai and Niihau, two islands in the Hawaiian Island Chain, stand out against the deep navy blue of the Pacific Ocean.

Kauai is the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands and the fourth largest in the archipelago, with an area of 552.3 sq mi. Known also as the “Garden Isle”, it lies 105 miles (170 kilometers) across the Kauai Channel, northwest of Oahu.

Of volcanic origin, the highest peak on this mountainous island is Kawaikini at 5243 ft. The second highest peak is Mount Waialeale near the center of the island, 5148 ft above sea level.

High annual rainfall has eroded deep valleys in the central mountains, carving out canyons with many scenic waterfalls.

Lying 17.5 miles (28 km) across the Kaulakahi Channel to the southwest of Kauai, is Niihau, the smallest of the inhabited Hawaiian Islands, with an area of 69.5 sqmi.

Known as the “Forbidden Isle”,  the island has been privately owned since 1864 and is generally off-limits to all but relatives and guests of the island’s owners. Niihau is also referred to as the “Mystery Island”, the “Distant Isle” and sometimes the “Forgotten Island”, as it is frequently omitted on tourist maps.

Snow-capped Mauna Loa Volcano, Hawaii – February 4th, 2009

February 4th, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Hawaii - January 27th, 2009

Hawaii - January 27th, 2009

The Mauna Loa (below) and Mauna Kea (above) volcanoes, on the island of Hawaii, are capped with snow.

Mauna Loa is the largest volcano on earth and one of five volcanoes that form the Island of Hawaii, part of the Hawaiian Islands chain, in the Pacific Ocean.

It is an active shield volcano, with a volume estimated at approximately 18,000 cubic miles (75,000 km³), although its peak is about 120 ft lower than that of its neighbor, Mauna Kea.

Although cold temperatures and snow may not come to mind when most people think about Hawaii, both Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are high enough to permit snowfall during the winter. The snow can even accumulate to a depth of a few meters.

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Mauna Kea Volcano, Hawaii, USA – December 16th, 2008

December 16th, 2008 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Hawaii, USA - December 10th, 2008

Hawaii, USA - December 10th, 2008

Two of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui (left) and Hawaii (right) can be seen here.

Hawaii is a state in the United States, located on an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean southwest of the continental United States, southeast of Japan, and northeast of Australia.

This state encompasses nearly the entire volcanic Hawaiian Island chain, which is made up of hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles (2,400 km).

Mauna Kea, identifiable as a dark brown circular area towards the northern coast Hawaii, is a dormant volcano. Pu’u Wekiu, one of numerous cinder cones on the summit plateau, is the highest point in the state of Hawaii at 13796 ft.

Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world when measured from base to summit, since its base is located on the seafloor about 19000 ft beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean, bringing its total height to about 33000 ft.

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