Kipuka Puaulu sign, Hawaii 2005

Childs, Iraphne R. (2005) Kipuka Puaulu sign, Hawaii 2005. [Image]

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A kipuka is the Hawaiian term for a remnant of forest untouched by lava flows. Kipuka form when lava encircles a hill or a slight rise in the ground as it moves downslope or across relatively flat ground. Because they are surrounded by more recent flows, kipuka are often covered with mature vegetation and are very important in terms of providing islands of survival for bird an animal life during and after eruptions. Kipuka have been shown to be very significant in terms of influencing the evolutionary biology of Hawaii's native fauna (birds and insects), which can vary slightly from kipuka to kipuka. This image is the sign for Kipuka Puaulu on Mauna Loa volcano.

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Item Type: Image
Collection: Asia-Pacific Images: 1970s-1990s
Keywords: nature reserves; plaques
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2013 13:03
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2014 19:38
Copyright Owner: Copyright Iraphne R. Childs.
CountryState or RegionCity or TownPlace
United States of AmericaHawaiiHawaii Volcanoes National ParkKilauea Volcano
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