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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 the  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.

Lakes Wakatipu and Te Anau, New Zealand – December 4th, 2009

45.4S 167.7E

December 4th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

New Zealand - October 22nd, 2009

New Zealand - October 22nd, 2009

Two large lakes near the southern tip of New Zealand‘s south island can be seen by the snow-capped Southern Alps. To the north, with a reversed “N” shape, is Lake Wakatipu, a finger lake in the southwest corner of Otago Region, near its boundary with Southland.

With a length of 80 kilometres, it is New Zealand’s longest lake, and, at 291 km², its third largest. It is at an altitude of 310 metres, towards the southern end of the Southern Alps.  The Dart River flows into the northern end, the lake then runs south for 30 kilometres before turning abruptly to the east. Twenty kilometres further along, it turns sharply to the south, reaching its southern end 30 kilometres further south, near Kingston.

The lake is drained by the Kawarau River, which flows out from the lake’s Frankton Arm, 8km east of Queenstown. Queenstown is on the northern shore of the lake close to eastern end of its middle section. The lake is very deep, its floor being as low as 100 metres below sea level.

To the southwest is the larger Lake Te Anau, covering an area of 344 km², making it the second-largest lake by surface area in New Zealand and the largest in the South Island. Lake Te Anau is, however, the largest lake in Australasia by fresh water volume.

The main body of the lake runs north-south, and is 65 km in length. Three large fiords form arms to the lake on its western flank: North Fiord, Middle Fiord and South Fiord. Several small islands lie in the entrance to Middle Fiord, which forks partway along its length into northwest and southwest arms. The lake lies at an altitude of 210 m, and since its maximum depth is 417 m, much of its bed lies below sea level.

Several rivers feed the lake, of which the most important is the Eglinton River, which joins the lake from the east, opposite the entrance to North Fiord. The outflow is the Waiau River, which flows south for several kilometres into Lake Manapouri. The town of Te Anau lies at the south-eastern corner of the lake, close to the outflow.

Most of the lake is within Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. Other than the Te Anau township, the only human habitation close to the lake is the farming settlement of Te Anau Downs, close to the mouth of the Eglinton River. Between these two settlements the land is rolling hill country, but elsewhere the land is mountainous, especially along its western shore, where the Kepler and Murchison Mountains rise 1,400 m above the surface of the lake.

Rough Western Coastlines of New Zealand’s South Island – January 21st, 2009

January 21st, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Southwest coast of New Zealand - January 13th, 2009

Southwest coast of New Zealand - January 13th, 2009

The South Island with an area of 151,215 km² (58,093 square miles) is the largest land mass of New Zealand. It contains about one quarter of the New Zealand population.

It is divided along its length by the Southern Alps, the highest peak of which is Aoraki/Mount Cook at 3754 metres (12,316 ft).

The east side of the island is home to the Canterbury Plains while the West Coast, visible in the image, is famous for its rough coastlines, very high proportion of native bush, and  the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.

Several lakes can be noted, including Lake Te Anau (bottom left), Lake Wakatipu (center) and Lake Wanaka (top right). These lakes are all very deep, reaching to or well below sea level.

The climate in the South Island is mostly temperate, with a mean temperature of 8 °C (46 °F).  Less snow is visible here, as January and February are the warmest months while July is the coldest.

There are three main factors that influence New Zealand’s climate: its latitude zone location where the prevailing winds flow westerly, its oceanic environment and its mountains, especially the Southern Alps.

source Wikipedia