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Lakes by the Southern Alps on New Zealand’s South Island – December 9th, 2010

44.6S 169.2E

December 9th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

New Zealand - December 8th, 2010

Various lakes of different colors can be observed near the Southern Alps in this image of New Zealand’s South Island. The bright blue lakes in the upper right quadrant are located in the Mackenzie Basin.

Here, moving diagonally downward from theĀ  upper right is the bright blue Lake Tekapo, followed by bright turquoise Lake Pukaki and finally by the medium blue Lake Ohau. South of these three is the artificial Lake Benmore (best observed in the full image).

Continuing to the southwest beyond the limits of the basin, the dark blue Lakes Hawea (right) and Wanaka (left) can be observed. Southwest of those two is Lake Wakatipu, medium blue with a reverse “N” shape.

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