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Geology of the State of Hawaii.

Geology of the State of Hawaii, Second Edition, by Harold T. Stearns (Pacific Books, Palo Alto, Calif., 1985; $24.95 hardbound). for 70 million years, say geologists of the plate teconic persuasion, the Pacific plate has been moving in starts and stops ove a hot spot in the earth's crust. At each stop, the hot spot pushed a volcano up fromthe sea, where it was then exposed to erosion by wing, wave, rain, and plant life. Voila, the Hawaiian Islands,

the author's thorough account of the process makes this book read like college text at times, but he's also capable of dry wit, as in his condemnation of the souvenirstand ruse of palming off Mainland obsidian as volcanic Pele's tears: "Pele, the Hawaiian gooddess of fire at Kilauea, is weeping over the deceptions carried out in her name."
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Date:Jan 1, 1986
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