Title

The corals and coral reefs of Easter Island—a preliminary look

Abstract

Easter Island sits in geographic isolation in the southern Pacific Ocean at latitude 27° 8’ S and longitude 109°20’ W, nearly 4500 km west of Chile (Fig. 1). It is a small island near the western end of a chain of volcanoes that are related to hot-spot activity dating beyond 3.5 million years before present. The small island of Sala y Gomez to the east and a series of submerged platforms are an extension of a volcanic lineament along the edge of the Nazca Plate (Kruse, et al., 1997; Newman and Foster, 1983.

Publisher

Springer

Publication Date

1-1-2003

Department

Geology

Document Type

Book Chapter

ISBN

9781461349563

Language

English

Format

text

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