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Aerial Photographs

In this photograph of southeast Oahu, you can clearly see much of the Virtual Field Trip of Oahu. At lower left is Koko Head and Hanauma Bay. Then comes Koko Crater and Makapuu. This is a wonderful part of the island for a scenic drive, since you can get fine views of crashing waves, whales during the wintertime, and on clear days the islands of Molokai and Lanai.

This is an air photograph of Honolulu and Waikiki, with the Koolau mountains in the background. At bottom right is Diamond Head, which is one of Hawaii's most famous landmarks and is an extinct volcano cone that formed about 300,000 years ago.

Close up view of Koko Head (lower right) and Koko Crater (in the shadow of the cloud). These two volcanic craters are parts of what is called the "Post-Erosional Volcanics Series of Oahu", since they formed almost 2 million years after the lava flows that form the Koolau volcano were erupted.

This is an air photograph of the Reef Runway at Honolulu International Airport. This is one of the emergency landing sites for the Space Shuttle, and can easily be seen from space because it is over 3 km long! The Koolau mountains are in the background.

This is an aerial view of the Alawai Canal, which lies between Waikiki and the mountains. It is often used for canoe races, and is a fine jogging route. If you look really closely at the S-shaped building at lower right, you can also just see the P.I.'s apartment!

This is Aloha Stadium, which is close to Pearl Harbor and the home of the annual Aloha Bowl football game. Every weekend when there is not a sporting event, the Stadium also hosts a giant flea market.

This unusual view of Diamond Head shows very clearly the variations in the height of the crater rim. This varies because at the time of the eruption, the trade winds were blowing from left to right in this view, so that more ash fell downwind to the right, making that part of the rim much higher. The valleys running down the side of the cone are caused by erosion due to rainfall.