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Active Volcanoes in New Zealand: Mount Taranaki/Egmont and Mount Ruapehu

February 14th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Volcanoes

New Zealand - February 7th, 2009

New Zealand - February 7th, 2009

Two of New Zealand’s volcanoes, Mount Taranaki (also known as Mount Egmont), west, and Mount Ruapehu, east, are visible here. Lake Taupo can also be seen to the North of Ruapehu.

Mount Taranaki is an active but quiescent stratovolcano in the Taranaki region on the west coast of  North Island. The 2518-metre-high mountain is one of the most symmetrical volcanic cones in the world, similar to Japan’s Mount Fuji. There is a secondary cone, Fanthams Peak, on the south side.

Mount Ruapehu is an active stratovolcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It is also the highest point on New Zealand’s North Island.

Both volcanoes are capped with snow in this image, although Mount Ruahpehu’s summit is higher and has a greater amount.

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