Mountains on Hawaiian Islands dissolving from the Inside

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(Best Syndication News) - It will not be happening anytime soon, but scientists believe that groundwater and streams are dissolving mineral material from within the mountains of Hawaii eventually causing the landmass to flatten. Surface erosion will not be the largest contributor to flattening these mountains and scientists believe this process will take more than 1.5 million years just to start.

Before the terrain flattens, the mountains of Oahu will continue to rise in elevation as the island is pushed to the northwest. The mountains should continue to rise for 1.5 million years, explained scientists from the Brigham Young University.

After they reach a certain point, the mountains should begin to dissolve from within causing the mountains to sink downwards. Eventually the mountainous terrain of Oahu's Koolau, and Waianae ranges will become flat like Midway Island.

The study results were published in the journal Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.

By: Julie Marcus
Science and Technology Writer

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