Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
USGS Pacific Coral Reefs Website
Panorama created with photos taken from the Kaunakakai Wharf on the south coast of Molokaʻi.
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This is a flattened representation of the full 360° panorama. The USGS logo is centered in the direction of north. To the windward east side of the wharf the water is muddy brown. To the leeward west side of the wharf the water is clear. Daily trade winds create waves which resuspend fine sediment on the Molokaʻi reef flat, some of which flows westward with the alongshore current. The impermeable Kaunakakai Wharf extends approximately 0.5 mi (0.8 km) offshore, effectively blocking the westward flow.
The island of Lānaʻi can be seen south of Molokaʻi. Just visible to the east of Molokaʻi, with its summit obscured by the clouds, is Haleakalā on the island of Maui. The ancient West Molokaʻi volcano of Mauna Loa is seen as a low mountain along the shoreline to the west. Oʻahu is not visible in this image.
Pan and zoom around the 360° panorama here. (1.4 Mb)
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