Stop 2: McGregor Point
Hold on to your hats at this stop! On the southern side of West Maui volcano, you're standing on one of the youngest lava flows from this volcano, but it's really the fine views across the water that are most fun. It's a great place to go whale watching during the winter too!
About 5 miles off shore from East Maui is the uninhabited island of Kahoolawe, another old volcano, which forms the shallow profile seen here on the horizon.
McGregor's Point has a lot of interesting structures that attract geology students from the University of Hawaii to this part of the island. Here we see John Sinton explaining how one can interpret the motion of a lava flow at this site from the appearance of rocks that lie beneath the lava flow.
From here you can continue on to Stop 3 on the ground, or you can pick another point from the Maui Virtual Field Trip page.
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Author: Peter Mouginis-Mark
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