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Hawaii Earth Symbols

Hawaii Earth Symbols

The nickname Youngest State has two meanings. Hawaii didn’t become a state until 1959, making it the newest state.

However, the land itself is also younger than any other state. The oldest of the main islands is Kauai, which is about five million years old. That’s a blink of an eye compared to the other 49 states.

Dinosaurs became extinct about 65 million years ago. So Hawaii can never adopt an official state dinosaur, let alone an even older trilobite. But what about Ice Age mammals?

There were probably no land mammals other than bats in Hawaii during the Ice Age. But bats and birds are tiny animals with fragile bones that are’t commonly fossilized. Besides, the Hawaiian islands are largely covered with lava.

And so, Hawaii is one of a handful of states with no earth symbols other than an unofficial state soil.

Yet Hilo soil is an amazing thing. These very deep soils formed in many layers of volcanic ash. Mixed in with the ash is dust from deserts. But there aren’t any major deserts near Hawaii. So, where did this dust come from?

Central Asia!

Some of this dust might have been kicked up by the hooves of horses carrying Mongol armies. But where did the desert dust come from?

Some of it might have come from rocks eroded by glaciers high in the Himalayas. Hawaii’s fertile soils might have crossed paths with snow leopards and dinosaurs.

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