NWHI - French Frigate Shoals

Approximately 1500 km ESE of Midway Atoll and 700 km WNW of Kaua'i lies French Frigate Shoals at longitude 166 degrees 10 minutes W and latitude 23 degrees 45 minutes N. French Frigate Shoals was formed approximately 13.8 million years ago as the Pacific Plate crossed over a "hotspot" in the earth's mantle. The Pacific Plate continues to move WNW at about 9 cm each year.

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