Diamond Head crater, Hawaii

Diamond Head crater, Hawaii

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Credit: STEPHEN & DONNA O'MEARA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Aerial view of Diamond Head crater near Honolulu. Diamond Head is probably the most famous landmark in Hawaii. It is a 1.2 km wide tuff ring near the southeast end of the Island of Oahu. Early sailors mistakenly thought glistening calcite crystals inside the tuff rocks were diamonds, leading to the incorrect name. Diamond Head formed when hot magma rising up a conduit hit ocean water, causing large explosions that threw exploded magma particles (tuff) into a broad ring.

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Keywords: crater, craters, geology, hawai'i, hawaii, landmark, landmarks, oahu, tuff ring, tuff rings, volcano, volcanology

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