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Crystal green

Crystal green

This image was recently featured in a Chinese National Geography Magazine article on exceptionally beautiful Hawaiian beaches.

Puu Mahana Beach (Green Sand beach) is the spectacular erosion product of a volcanic cinder cone near South Point on the Big Island of Hawaii. It can be reached by a 1-hour hike through beautiful scenics (take plenty of water!). The unusual tone of the green sand is due to the large proportion of semi-precious stone olivine polished crystals, which are left behind during the breakdown of lava. Crystals of olivine form in abundance during the cooling of hot lava. Because they are much harder than the lava matrix, they tend to accumulate near areas of lava erosion.

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Pawel26-Mar-2009 22:34
Eric Niu15-Jan-2009 02:26
wow,its amazed!
Marie-Hélène Raletz05-Jan-2008 09:45
Sumptuous textures and colours.
Superb angle and dynamic composition.
Yiannis Pavlis31-Dec-2007 14:09
Nice composing and presenting .V
endre novak18-Nov-2007 20:45
Guest 06-Nov-2007 01:04
Gorgeous! And so interesting. I love geology. V
Sandi Whitteker03-Nov-2007 18:10
Nice pic. The green is so vibrant. Nice contrast. V
JD10-Oct-2007 06:49
Superb! Very well composed too.
Andrew Vincent09-Sep-2007 05:21
I love this one! VOTE!
Guest 13-Feb-2007 23:44
Outstanding effect!
Ann DeCamp10-Jun-2006 04:04
Like the abstract feel and that vibrant green against the black