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FIGURE 10.32 Over the last few million years, a stationary zone of molten material in the mantle—a hot spot—has created each of the volcanic Hawaiian Islands in succession. Because they move to the northwest with the Pacific plate, the islands are progressively older toward the northwest (ages are in millions of years). The hot spot is currently located at the island of Hawaii, which is about 300 kilometers (185 mi) from Oahu. Approximately how long did it take the Pacific plate to move Oahu to its present position?

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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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Chapter 10, Problem 32FQ, FIGURE 10.32 Over the last few million years, a stationary zone of molten material in the mantlea

FIGURE 10.32 Over the last few million years, a stationary zone of molten material in the mantle—a hot spot—has created each of the volcanic Hawaiian Islands in succession. Because they move to the northwest with the Pacific plate, the islands are progressively older toward the northwest (ages are in millions of years). The hot spot is currently located at the island of Hawaii, which is about 300 kilometers (185 mi) from Oahu.

Approximately how long did it take the Pacific plate to move Oahu to its present position?

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