Oahu Dissolving From Within, Says Study
Don’t wait too too long to vacation in Oahu for the island is predicted to dissolve in few millions of years.
A new study published in February issue of the journal Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta has revealed that
the Hawaiin island’s will continue to grow for next 75,000 to 1.75 million years due to plate tectonics – but after that it will begin to dissolve from within.
Researchers from Brigham Young University in Utah spent overs 60 days on the volcanic island studying the climate, rocks and other minerals that suffer erosion from groundwater and rain water to calculate the total mass Oahu loses annually.
Steve Nelson who lead the story said:
“We tried to figure out how fast the island is going away and what the influence of climate is on that rate.More material is dissolving from those islands than what is being carried off through erosion.”
The geologists came to the conclusion that in about 1.75 million years Koolau and Waianae mountains will vanish and Oahu will be flat piece of land.