A wall of molten rock meets the Pacific Ocean on the south coast of the "Big Island" of Hawaii. Lava from the Kilauea volcano has added more than 200 hectares (495 acres) to the Big Island's southern shore since 1983.

Photograph by Chris Johns

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island Encyclopedic Entry

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An island is a body of land surrounded by water