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October 9 2013

Hawaiian Islands Formed by Extrusive Volcanism, Scientists Find


New research, reported in the Geophysical Research Letters, changes our understanding of how the Hawaiian Islands formed.

Study leader Ashton Flinders from the University of Rhode Island and his colleagues have determined that it is the eruptions of lava on the surface, extrusion, which grow Hawaiian volcanoes, rather than internal emplacement of magma, as was previously thought.

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