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Lake Taupo and Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand – December 12th, 2010

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December 12th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Volcanoes

New Zealand - December 9th, 2010

The large, dark blue lake in the center of New Zealand’s North Island is Lake Taupo. It is actually the water-filled caldera of a large rhyolitic volcano.

South of the Lake Taupo is Mount Ruapehu, an active stratovolcano at the southern end of the Taupo Volcanic Zone. Here, its peak, the highest point on the North Island, appears capped with snow.

Volcanoes Near Lake Taupo, New Zealand

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November 27th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers, Volcanoes

New Zealand - November 13th, 2009

New Zealand - November 13th, 2009

Several volcanoes are visible near Lake Taupo, the large lake at the upper right, in this orthorectified image of New Zealand’s North Island. Following the Tongariro River, one of the lake’s main tributaries, upstream from the lower end of the lake, one comes to a smaller lake known as Lake Rotoaira.

Between these two lakes is Mount Pihanga, a 1325m volcanic peak on the North Island Volcanic Plateau. Another smaller body of water, Lake Rotopounamu, is at the north-west foot of the mountain. Mt. Pihanga and Lake Rotopounamu are part of the 5,129ha Pihanga Scenic Reserve, which in 1975 was added to the Tongariro National Park.

South of Mount Pihanga is Mount Tongariro, a volcanic complex located 20 kilometres to the southwest of Lake Taupo. It is the northernmost of the three active volcanoes that dominate the landscape of the central North Island. This volcanic massif, often simply referred to as Tongariro, has a height of 1,978 metres.

The volcano consists of at least 12 cones; Ngauruhoe, while often regarded as a separate mountain, is geologically a vent of Tongariro. It is also the most active, having erupted more than 70 times since 1839.

Continuing south of Ngauruhoe is Mount Ruapehu, an active stratovolcano at the southern end of the Taupo Volcanic Zone. It is 23 kilometres northeast of Ohakune and 40 kilometres southwest of the southern shore of Lake Taupo, within Tongariro National Park.  Ruapehu is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and the largest active volcano in New Zealand. It is the highest point in the North Island and includes three major peaks: Tahurangi (2,797 m), Te Heuheu (2,755 m) and Paretetaitonga (2,751 m).

Lake Taupo and the Kaweka Range, New Zealand

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August 2nd, 2009 Category: Lakes

New Zealand - July 12th, 2009

New Zealand - July 12th, 2009

Lake Taupo, left, is a lake situated in the North Island of New Zealand. It has a perimeter of approximately 193 kilometres, a deepest point of 186 metres and a surface area of 616 square kilometres.

The largest lake by surface area in the country, it is drained by the Waikato River, while its main tributaries are the Waitahanui River, the Tongariro River, and the Tauranga-Taupo River.

In this orthorectified image, the Kaweka Range is visible to the south and east of the lake, as is a large agricultural area between the two.

Volcanoes and Lakes of New Zealand’s North Island

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March 7th, 2013 Category: Lakes, Volcanoes

New Zealand – March 6th, 2013

Visible in the center of this image is Lake Taupo, a lake situated in the North Island of New Zealand. Lake Taupo lies in a caldera created by a supervolcanic eruption which occurred approximately 26,500 years ago. With a surface area of 616 square kilometres (238 sq mi), it is the largest lake by surface area in New Zealand.

Two stratovolcanoes can also be observed: Mount Ruapehu, 40 kilometers southwest of Lake Taupo, and Mount Taranaki, on a peninsula in the lower left quadrant. Mount Ruapehu is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and the largest active volcano in New Zealand, as well as the highest point in the North Island. Mount Taranaki, or Mount Egmont, is an active but quiescent stratovolcano.

Taranaki Bights, Tasman Bay and Nearby Volcanoes, New Zealand

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December 12th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Sediments, Volcanoes

New Zealand - November 25th, 2011

The South Taranaki Bight (middle of image) is the name given to the large bay which extends south and east from the south coast of Taranaki in New Zealand’s North Island. The North Taranaki Bight begins to the north of Cape Egmont (upper part of image).

Sediments can be seen lining the shores of both bights, and the active stratovolcano Mount Taranaki/Egmont can be seen on Cape Egmont. Further inland, Lake Taupo can be seen, with the active stratovolcano Mount Ruapehu to the south of it. The volcano is surrounded by a semi-circle of clouds, but is easily identified by its white, snow-capped peak.

Visible to the south, in the lower part of the image, is Tasman Bay, a large V-shaped bay at the north end of New Zealand’s South Island. Located in the centre of the island’s northern coast, it stretches along 120 km of coastline and is 70 km across at its widest point. It is an arm of the Tasman Sea, lying on the western approach to Cook Strait.

At Tasman Bay’s western extremity, the land around the bay is rough and densely forested. To the east, the land is also steep, with the westernmost points of sea-drowned valleys of the Marlborough Sounds. The land between these two extremes is more gently rolling, and also includes the coastal plains around the mouth of the Waimea River at the bay’s southernmost point.

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