Archipelago: The Origins and Discovery of the Hawaiian Islands

Archipelago: The Origins and Discovery of the Hawaiian IslandsNot Since James Michener S Epic Book, Hawaii, Has There Been A Book That Tells The Whole Story Of The Hawaiian Islands, From Creation To Discovery By The Polynesians And The Western Explorers.The Hawaiian Archipelago Is The Oldest And Longest Chain Of Islands In The World For Over 70 Million Years, Than 100 Hawaiian Volcanoes Have Erupted From A Deep Undersea Hot Spot On The Floor Of The Pacific Ocean Over This Time, Slow Drift Of The Earth S Crust Has Produced A Trail Or Chain Of Volcanoes That Stretches Over 3,000 Miles Across The Pacific From The Big Island Of Hawai I To The Edge Of Kamchatka Asia.Throughout In The Beginning Archipelago You Will Experience Hawai I As You Ve Never Seen From Plumes Of Lava Exploding Under Water To A Plant In The Cloud Forests Of Maui That Blooms Only Once In Thirty Years Learn Of The Origins And Evolution Of Exotic Tropical Gardens, Forests, And Coral Reefs Join This Exciting Exploration Of The Islands As They Were When First Discovered By The Polynesians And The Western Explorers, As Well As, By All Of Us Who Live In Hawai I Today. Unbalanced but interestingI got this book after seeing it in a store in Hawaii The book at quick glance looks like it s going to be a history of the islands, but that s not really what it is.This book can really be divided into 3 sections Geological history of the Hawaiian islands A section on the biology of the islands and surrounding ocean habitats A history of human civilization on the islands.The issue with the book is than 60% of the book is geology The section on biology is thinner, and the section on human activity is very weak There is a section on the destruction of Laysan island for guano mining that is detailed but there is very little information on the history of the Hawaiian people For example there is no mention at all of the unification of the Islands at all King Kamehameha I is mentioned once Most of the information has to do with population growth and then contraction after Western contact.In addition the book is not that well written for a book written by a college professor The book lapses into first person perspective at times in a strange way as if the author wanted to write a memoir about his career For example when discussing the formation of the new island of Lo ihi he gives a breathless personal account of getting to visit the undersea thermal vents in the submersible A
A good book on the natural history of the Hawaiian Archipelago, written by an experienced oceanographer and specialist on coral reef ecosystems It was a good book to read while visiting the islands on
This was a solid overview of the geological factors which have created the Hawaiian Islands with the complimentary diversions into the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and the Emperor Seamount Chain I will start by stating my conclusion that overall, this book is well worth the time it takes to read it The reader can also rest easy as the style is very accessible, and the science y aspects are introduced with a lot of care.As a downside, in some cases the author does not acknowledge very easily that we do not know everything yet and probably never will about some things, such as the history before the 70 million year mark at which we are in the Pacific Ocean right now Similarly, the constant use of non SI units is a pain.Biology and human history are both covered in less detail than the geological questions, but the author does try to desc
A beautiful book about the geological history of the Hawaiian Islands Wonderful illustrations. I really loved this lucid, engaging history of the Hawaiian Islands, the synthesis of a fascinating surfer scientist s lifelong experiences and scientific research There is much to learn about science, history, and life from Dr Grigg s narrative, beyond the specific Hawaiian subject matte
Archipelago was sitting on a friend s coffee table and I read through it in one big gulp, much to her amusement I d forgotten that I almost switched to a geology major while studying at the University of Hawaii this book reminded me why. Gorgeous photos and illustrations Written by a scientist, oceanographer is an excellent geologic explanation of the formation of the Hawaiian Islands Excellent information written in a scientific but interesting manner Little on history after the islands were discovered by man. This book offered a fascinating scientific history of the Hawaiian Islands It requires a little concentration than your average novel, but worth it I loved this book. There is a plethora of data and information, but it is boring, boring, boring How can it be possible to make learning about paradise boring