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James Petersen
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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

How does the formation of the Hawaiian Islands support plate tectonic theory?

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The way in which the formation of the Hawaiian Islands supports plate tectonic theory.

Explanation

The Hawaiian Islands are the major landform features associated with the process of plate tectonics. As the Pacific plate in that region moves the northwest in the direction, it passes over a mass of molten rock in the mantle that does not move with the lithospheric plate. These stationary molten masses are known as hotspots.

The melting of upper mantle and oceanic crust causes outpouring of basaltic lava on the seafloor like an underwater eruption gradually creates a volcanic island...

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