Maui: Part Two


When my husband and I weren’t watching whales, we were tooling around the island. At one point, we found some green sea turtles.

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Green sea turtles

According to the locals, they’d hauled themselves out on the beach to warm up.green sea turtle (1)

 

One had encountered a shark, the only predator of adult sea turtles besides humans.

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The pale nub on it’s flipper is the stub of bone exposed when a shark bit off the tip.

One of the things that surprised me the most about Hawai’i was the variety of volcanic rocks. I expected lots of basalt flows, created by lave running from the volcano to the sea.

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Rope lava from a relatively recent eruption.

But the basalt was layered with ash.

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Ash layers can be identified between the basalt flows because they have eroded into the cliff a bit.

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Shifting Sands Trail on Haleakela

In fact, the summit of Haleakela, the most recent volcano on Maui, is made up mostly of ash.

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Breccia — fused ash — litters the summit of Haleakela.

I can  see why NASA tested Mars rovers on Haleakela.

Road to Hana

Lower down, though, the volcanic rocks made hundreds of small pools that are one of the reasons so many people fall in love with Maui.

About coloradogeography

Amy Law is a second-generation Coloradoan with a passion for her native state. This translated into a Master’s degree in Natural Resources from Colorado State University, and continues as a lifelong fascination with how people and nature interact. From family vacations in the station wagon to travel for work, she's covered the state, and everywhere she goes, she finds new things to see and ideas to explore.
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One Response to Maui: Part Two

  1. Thanks ever so for sharing pics of Hawaii. After yesterday’s rain/snow storm, I needed some beach scenes. 🙂

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