"Ma'uka" -- Volcanoes & Deep Canyons - maui-mike

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The highest point (just above the tree line in the upper third of this photo) of the fin-shaped protrusion of stratified volcanic rock is known as Pu'u Ki. It is more than 1,600 feet above sea level. The relatively flat surfaces of the buttes and small plateaus that form the skyline in this shot are probably the remnants of the paleosurface that predates the down-cutting action of the Waimea River and its many tributary streams. View of Waimea Canyon from an overlook along Highway 550, west Kaua'i.

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