September 30, 2009

Could this Airstrip be any more Isolated?

I'm back to wandering through Google maps, checking out whatever corner of the map intrigues me at the moment.

So I got to thinking about an old nature show describing the way the Hawaiian island chain is the result of a tectonic plate drifting over a hot spot in the mantle. Google long ago added sonar maps of the sea floor to their offerings. Today I just got to wandering along the submerged chain that never quite broke free of the surface when I panned across this.

An airstrip on a corral reef west-northwest of Hawaii.

Now the existence of that airstrip is going to bother me until I figure out when they decided to scrape up enough mud to break the surface, and what it was used for.

UPDATE: So, entirely too much surfing at work has answered my question. It's French Frigate Shoals Airport on Tern Island in the French Frigate Shoals, part of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. And now I have a new site to chew up my time for a while.

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1 Looks like we are going to end up almost exactly 1/2 way between Uncle Steve and Uncle Will - around Sossman and Baseline. Not totally nailed down yet, but it looks good. Once the new TV is delivered we are going to have to fire up Anime night again!

Posted by: Kerith at October 01, 2009 08:41 PM (XREOa)

2 Sweet. You'll also only be a couple miles south of Boomer and Kristen.

There's a lot of shopping close at hand there as well, so that will be convenient.

Any idea on a time frame?

Posted by: Will at October 02, 2009 07:56 PM (9dEae)

3 Heh.  French Frigate Shoals was used during WWII by both the Japanese and the US as a good place to operate flying boats from.  The second attack on Pearl Harbor came from there, in fact.

Posted by: Wonderduck at October 10, 2009 09:09 PM (/O6qY)

4 Well, it was interesting reading up on such a remote location. These are the kinds of places I'd like to see in my lifetime. It's a shame the criteria for getting out there are so restrictive. 

Posted by: Will at October 12, 2009 06:08 PM (9dEae)

5 Dude - where did all the blogging go?

Posted by: Kerith at April 12, 2010 10:00 PM (piT6g)

6 Just no inspiration. Any good Youtube videos are pulled minutes after you link them. Iran could nuke DC right now, and I'm not sure I could muster a half-hearted "meh." I haven't watch a single new anime show in over a year, and work is actually beyond hopping right now. Blogging would be a chore right now.

Posted by: Will at April 18, 2010 12:37 AM (3BrvJ)

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