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Rosalyn Pearson 3 February 2010 Geography

Hotspots are small areas in the Earth's lithosphere (crust) through which
magma rises. Hotspots are not found on plate boundaries but in areas
unconnected to
plate tectonics.
The world's
hotspots are
shown on the map
to the left.

The hotspot
theory was first…

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Rosalyn Pearson 3 February 2010 Geography

The volcanic activity in the Hawaii hotspot is responsible for the creation of
the Hawaiian Islands. This hotspot can be found in the central Pacific Ocean.
Volcanoes on the Hawaiian Islands travel approximately 10cm northwest each
year. This is because of the expansion of…


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