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Banks Peninsula and Christchurch, New Zealand – August 10th, 2009

43.5S 172.6E

August 10th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

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Banks Peninsula is in the Canterbury region on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It has a land area of approximately 1,000 kmĀ², and is partly surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. It is also adjacent to the largest city in the South Island, Christchurch, the large white area at the center of this orthorectified image.

Banks Peninsula forms the most prominent volcanic feature of the South Island. Geologically, the peninsula comprises the eroded remnants of two large shield volcanoes (Lyttelton fand Akaroa). The peninsula formed as offshore islands, with the volcanoes reaching to about 1,500 m above sea level. Two dominant craters formed Lyttelton and Akaroa Harbours.

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