Like a pig at a luau, the Hawaiian Islands get roasted from below. But — like novice cooks — scientists aren’t sure what kind of heat it takes to really get things cooking.
A new analysis questions the prevailing theory that the islands were formed in sequence by volcanic activity as the Pacific plate drifted over a thin, hot plume rising from deep inside the Earth. Instead, a shallower pocket of abnormally hot rocks could be powering the vacation spot’s famous volcanoes, researchers from MIT and Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, report in the May 27Science.
Comment 1: what kind of syrup? Maple or MacNut?
Comment 2: pigs at luaus are not quite roasted… but, as it is said, it’s just butt – and if you need that explained, go call Patti Oshiro.