Atop sacred mountain skirmish science & religion

Boston Globe: At 13,796 feet, Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii is the tallest point in the Pacific Ocean. It's a confounding place. Like the Grand Canyon, it takes a surprising amount of time simply to believe your eyes. The summit and the valley immediately below the top are barren stretches of red-black rock. It's hard not to think of Mars. But then -- at least for me, on my first visit in 1991 -- the view opens up. Look north across the strait between the Big Island and Maui and there's Haleakala, the......

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