Punaluu bay lava coast, Hawaii 1980

Childs, Iraphne R. (1980) Punaluu bay lava coast, Hawaii 1980. [Image]

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Punaluu Bay, on the southeastern coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, has a famous black-sand beach formed when molten lava reached the ocean, cooled rapidly and exploded into tiny black fragments that make up the black sand. Once the site of a major traditional Hawaiian settlement, and then a sugar port, Punaluu is now a popular tourist spot and is a refuge for green sea turtles and hawksbill turtles. The Bay waters are fed by a freshwater spring which makes the water cold. This image shows the western part of the bay where the lava flow reached the sea but little black sand has formed.

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Item Type: Image
Collection: Asia-Pacific Images: 1970s-1990s
Keywords: bays; lava
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2013 13:03
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2014 19:38
Copyright Owner: Copyright Iraphne R. Childs.
CountryState or RegionCity or Town
United States of AmericaHawaiiPunaluu
URI: https://digitalcollections.qut.edu.au//id/eprint/360
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