Of the five volcanoes which make up The Big Island (see bookmark p.272 below) Kohala is the oldest. This extinct volcano is estimated to be around 1 million years old and to have last erupted 120,000 years ago. Because of its geographical isolation it has evolved its own ecosystem, and at one stage even recorded a reversal in its magnetic polarity.
Fusion power is created when two atomic nuclei fuse together, causing the release of huge amounts of energy. This kind of power has yet to be harnessed, largely due to a lack of scientific understanding and an inability to contain the reaction within safe parameters. No commercially available nuclear engine is expected before 2050, however, its potential as a source of renewable energy is regarded to be enormous. Cars would be able to travel at twice their current maximum speeds and some experts believe that fusion power could provide the earth's energy needs for millions of years. Deuterium, the main fuel in the reaction, is abundant within the ocean and unlike some renewable resources (e.g. solar power and wind power) would provide an uninterrupted source of energy.
After the Greek philosopher Pythagoras about whom very little is known that isn't speculative. We are not even sure if Pythagoras' theorem can with any accuracy be attributed to him. He set up a religious sect in southern Italy and was the first of the Greeks to dub himself a philosopher. He believed that everything is related to mathematics and that numbers are the reality of which everything is made.
Mauna Kea is an inactive volcano 4,207 metres above sea level. Measured from its base on the Pacific floor it is 9,100 metres tall and is in this sense even taller than Mount Everest. It is one of five volcanoes (see image right) that make up the island of Hawaii. Mauna Kea means 'white moutain' in Hawaiian, as the summit is often covered with snow in the winter. You might be able to taste something of Zachry's journey by following the tour below.