The Penguin Bank (Not What You Think)

A classic penguin "piggy" bank

A classic penguin “piggy” bank

One one thinks of a penguin bank what comes to mind is a penguin “piggy” bank, but did you know there is an actual geographic entity that is called The Penguin Bank?  Probably not, but that said,  The Penguin Bank is the name given to a now-submerged shield volcano of the Hawaiian Islands. Its coral-capped remains lie immediately west of the island of Molokaʻi under relatively shallow water (see bathymetric map below). Penguin Bank was one of the seven principal volcanoes (along with West Molokaʻi, East Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, West Maui, East Maui and Kahoʻolawe) that formerly constituted the island of Maui Nui. The volcano is part of the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain. The last eruption is unknown.  Plans to build wind turbines in Penguin Bank were called off in April 2009

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