Evolution of the Hawaiian Islands -- At a Glance

Lesson at a glance: Students will use figures and slides to learn the stages of development of the different Hawaiian volcanoes.

Key Concepts: Hawaiian islands undergo a systematic pattern of submarine and subaerial growth followed by erosion. An island's stage of development reflects its distance from the hot spot.

Lesson Outcomes: The students will:

  1. compare the stages of development of different volcanoes on the Island of Hawaii
  2. compare the Island of Hawaii to the older islands in the chain.


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