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

38.7S 175.8E

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 isĀ 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.

Lakes, Mountains and Volcanoes of New Zealand – August 17th, 2010

43.6S 172.6E

August 17th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains, Sediments, Volcanoes

New Zealand - July 30th, 2010

The two main landmasses visible here are New Zealand’s North Island (above) and South Island (below). The two are separated by the Cook Strait.

Of note on the North Island are Lake Taupo, the dark blue lake in the center of the island, and several volcanoes: Mount Taranaki/Egmont (on a peninsula on the western side), Mount Ngauruhoe (south of Lake Taupo), and Mount Ruapehu (south of the former).

Of note on the South Island are the Southern Alps, the snow-capped mountain chain running down the backbone of the island, the sediments near the Banks Peninsula (central east coast), and the bright blue glacial lakes of the Mackenzie Basin (between the mountains and the southeastern shoreline).

North Island’s Mountain Chain, from Mount Ruapehu to East Cape, New Zealand – December 20th, 2009

38.7S 175.8E

December 20th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers, Volcanoes

New Zealand - November 26th, 2009

New Zealand - November 26th, 2009

The volcanic summit of Mount Ruapehu, lower left quadrant, is covered in snow in this image of New Zealand‘s North Island. The large body of water north of the volcano is Lake Taupo. North Island’s main mountain chain appears as a dark green area running northeast from the volcano and lake towards East Cape, in the upper right quadrant of the full image.

One of the ranges in this mountain chain is the Kaweka Range, located in inland Hawke’s Bay between the city of Napier, 55 kilometres to the southeast, and Lake Taupo, 50 kilometres to the northwest. It is the source of many rivers which flow into Hawke Bay, including among them the Tutaekuri, Mohaka, and Ngaruroro Rivers.

Cook Strait Between New Zealand’s North and South Islands – December 10th, 2009

41.2S 174.4E

December 10th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Volcanoes

New Zealand - November 24th, 2009

New Zealand - November 24th, 2009

The Cook Strait separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand, connecting the Tasman Sea on the west with the South Pacific Ocean on the east.

To the south the coast runs runs 30 km along Cloudy Bay and past the islands and entrances to the Marlborough Sounds. To the north the coast runs 40 km along Palliser Bay, crosses the entrance to Wellington Harbour, past some Wellington suburbs and continues another 15 km to Makara beach.

Cook Strait is one of the most dangerous and unpredictable waters in the world. At its narrowest point 23 km separate Cape Terawhiti in the North Island from Perano Head on Arapawa Island in the Marlborough Sounds. Counter-intuitively, at this point the South Island coast lies further north than that of the North Island.

Other points of interest visible on the North Island in this image include Lake Taupo, the large body of water near the top, snow-capped Mount Ruapehu south of the lake, and the also snow-tipped Mount Taranaki (also known as Mount Egmont) on the left edge.

Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand – February 7th, 2009

February 7th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

North Island, New Zealand - January 31st, 2009

North Island, New Zealand - January 31st, 2009

Mount Ruapehu is an active stratovolcano at the southern end of the Taupo Volcanic Zone in New Zealand’s North Island. It is visible, capped with snow, among the clouds in the lower left quadrant.

Ruapehu is 23 kilometres northeast of Ohakune and 40 kilometres southwest of the southern shore of Lake Taupo, within Tongariro National Park.

It 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).

The North Island’s major skifields and only glaciers are on its slopes.

The deep, active crater is between the peaks and fills with a crater lake between major eruptions.

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