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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

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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).

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