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EXCLUSIVE: Researcher says the Hawaiian Islands are dissolving

Ross Cronkrite | Science Recorder | December 22, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: Researcher says the Hawaiian Islands are dissolving

BYU researchers believe that the Hawaiian Islands are slowly dissolving.

Reporting in the journal¬†Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, researchers at Brigham Young University say that the Hawaiian Islands are slowly dissolving. Eventually, Oahu’s Koolau and Waianae mountains will dwindle to little more than a flat, low-lying island like Midway. While erosion is certainly a guilty party, researchers contend that the mountains of Oahu are, in fact, dissolving from within.

Researchers spent several months collecting samples of groundwater and stream water to determine which source removed more mineral material. They also put to use surface water estimates from the U.S. Geological Survey to calculate the quantity of mass that vanished from the island each year.

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