A Drowned Miocene Terrace in the Hawaiian Islands

Science  23 Nov 1962:
Vol. 138, Issue 3543, pp. 896-897
DOI: 10.1126/science.138.3543.896


A highly fossiliferous sample dredged in September 1961 from a submerged terrace at a depth of 500 to 520 meters off Honolulu contains a reef fauna suggesting deposition at depths of 10 meters or less. The corals and pelagic foraminifers indicate a probable Miocene age. The Hawaiian rise was in existence prior to that time, and the submarine terrace and associated reef were subsequently submerged to their present position.