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|Singing Tree Frogs on Lava Rock (standard:non fiction, 1150 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Oct 15 2012||Views/Reads: 1182/843||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Coquis or Tree Frogs on the Big Island is a big noise nuisance. This invasive species from Puerto Rico took over all the trees on Puna side of the Big Island, while the residents got used to the singing chorus from 6 PM to 6 AM, for visitors not used thi|
Singing Tree Frogs on Lava Rock Subba Rao Here on the Big Island of Hawaii, people do not refer to highways with numbers as I-29 or I-80 as they do on the mainland nor they use highway names. If one seeks direction from the locals, they advise you to take this or that road and take a turn so and so to reach a destination. Obviously one cannot get lost on an island, sooner or later one will reach the destination. Hawaii Belt road goes all around the island acquiring other names as it touches areas of interest but primarily route 11 and 19 would take around the island. After a visit, Juggernaut drove from Kailua Kona, an area that caters for the tourists since the weather is dry with lots of sunshine and good beaches and golf courses. On the Big island, the wind blows from east to west, the gasses from volcanic activity or VOG as they call it here impacts Kona area, the southwestern part of the island. The route 190 also called Mamalahoa Highway goes through slabs of shiny grey black lava rock with sparse vegetation to reach few thousand feet above the sea level to reach a cool and green town Waimea, a town that resembles Mandeville on the mountains of Manchester parish in Jamaica. It is ironic that the area of Jamaica and Big Island is very similar around 4,000 sq. miles. As the highway turns south along the Honokaa coast, the scenery is spectacular with cliffs and gorges. The soils here seem rich with lots of vegetation. As approaching Hilo, the largest town on the Big Island and second largest after Honolulu among the Hawaiian Islands, one can see several small waterfalls and beach parks without sandy beaches but small rivers crashing into ocean waves creating a wonderful scenery. The water here is cold and at some locations one can get into shallow pools of water formed on volcanic rock outgrowths or tide pools. The top soil near and north of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii was developed over basaltic volcanic rocks and volcanic ash is rich in nutrients. With abundant but not excessive rainfall and warm weather, the nutrient rich top soil supports a wide variety of vegetables, flower and fruit trees. As one travels south towards Pahoa and Kalpana in Puna district, the landscape turns into tropical rainforest with annual rainfall over 130 inches that is detrimental to top soil development. Under intense rain, the conditions were not favorable for weathered material from lava rock to accumulate to form top soil. In Click here to read the rest of this story (153 more lines)
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