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Tidewater Traveler by George W. Sellers, CTC

A Big Bowl of Nothing I could be an ant standing here on the edge of a giant punch bowl. The panorama before me presents another of the world’s great geographic features, one that makes a human feel so insignificantly small. It is, in fact, bowl-shaped, but what a bowl it is! It is not a round bowl; it is an elongated oblong shape about seven and a half miles in length by two and a half miles wide. The

bowl covers nearly nineteen square miles, and the depth of the depression from rim to floor is about three thousand feet. I am not inclined to do so this afternoon, but if I were to walk all the way around the rim it would be a hike of about twenty-one miles. It is difficult to appreciate these dimensions as the cold wind buffets my bare face. Someone told me that

View into the Haleakala crater. 163

March 2013 Tidewater Times  

March 2013 Tidewater Times

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