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Hawaiian Island Dissolving from Inside

The volcanic peaks of Oahu, the Hawaiian island where Honolulu sits, are slowly deteriorating from within and the island will eventually become flat and low-lying, new research shows.

But there’s no need to worry in the short term: due to geological processes beneath the island it will continue rising for 1.5 million years before the mountain’s dissolution catches up with it, according to the study, published recently in the journal Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. Rather than being washed away by above-ground erosion, however, the mountain is more quickly breaking down on the inside, said Brigham Young University  geologist and co-author Steve Nelson in a statement from the school.

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