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Mountains of New Zealand’s North Island

December 6th, 2011 Category: Mountains

New Zealand - November 14th, 2011

This¬†orthorectified¬†image reaches across New Zealand’s North Island, from the Raukumara Range (above) to Poverty Bay (below, in full image). The Raukumara Range lies north of Gisborne, near East Cape in New Zealand’s North Island. It forms part of the North Island’s main mountain chain, which runs north-northeast from Wellington to East Cape.

Poverty Bay is the largest of several small bays on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island to the north of Hawkes Bay. It stretches for 10 kilometres from Young Nick’s Head in the southwest to Tuaheni Point in the northeast. The city of Gisborne, visible here as a white area, is located on the northern shore of the bay.

Phytoplankton East of Banks Peninsula, New Zealand

42.9S 174.0E

November 27th, 2011 Category: Phytoplankton, Sediments

New Zealand - November 21st, 2011

The faint swirls of a phytoplankton bloom can be observed in the waters off the coast of New Zealand, east of the Banks Peninsula on the country’s South Island. Part of the North Island can be observed north of the bloom, at the top edge.

The bright bluish-green water framing the coastline of the peninsula is probably sediment re-suspended from the ocean floor by waves and tides, or washed into the ocean through rivers. In several places along the shoreline, tan sediments can be seen pouring into the ocean directly at the mouths of rivers.

High Vegetation Index Near Banks Peninsula, New Zealand

41.8S 173.5E

November 5th, 2011 Category: Vegetation Index

New Zealand - November 4th, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of New Zealand’s North Island (above) and South Island (below). The two islands are separated by the Cook Strait, which is 22 km (14 mi) wide at its narrowest point.

The vegetation index throughout the image is generally good (green) to high (rusty red), particularly on the North Island and eastern coast of the South Island, near the Banks Peninsula. A few areas of low photosynthetic activity (yellow) can be observed in the higher altitudes of the Southern Alps.

Cape Reinga and Volcanoes of New Zealand’s North Island

39.2S 175.5E

October 27th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Volcanoes

New Zealand - October 24th, 2011

This image focuses on the North Island of New Zealand. Visible in the upper left corner is Cape Reinga, at the tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northernwestern end of North Island.

Several volcanoes with snow-capped sumits can be observed on the island. Near the center is Mount Ruapehu, an active stratovolcano at the southern end of the Taupo Volcanic Zone in New Zealand, south of Lake Taupo.

To the southwest of Ruapehu, near the coast, is Mount Taranaki, or Mount Egmont, 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.

Oil Spill from Container Ship Rena Off Coast of New Zealand

37.6S 176.1E

October 17th, 2011 Category: Environmental Disasters

New Zealand - October 15th, 2011

Salvage teams are pumping oil from a stricken container ship off the New Zealand coast before bad weather arrives which could split the vessel in two and spew more oil onto beaches.

The Liberian-flagged Rena has been stuck for 12 days on a reef 14 miles (22km) off Tauranga on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, having already spilled about 350 tonnes of toxic fuel and some of its hundreds of containers into the sea.

The image shows the container ship Rena off the coast of North Island. The information present in the image (see full version) regarding the ship is generated automatically by SRRS’ ship-detection post processing module.

The circle indicates the area in which the oil has spread. In the full image, some black stains can be observed near the shoreline. Oil has washed up along about 37 miles of the coast, which is popular with surfers and fishermen. Nearly 1,300 birds have died in the spill, which is seen as New Zealand’s worst environmental disaster in decades.

The Guardian has reported that salvage teams are running out of time in their efforts to pump oil from the stricken Rena container ship before it breaks up or bad weather halts the operation. Today they were adding extra pumps to speed up the recovery of the oil from the 236m (775ft) vessel through holes in the side to a barge. More than 70 tonnes have been recovered, but there are fears that bad weather will halt the operation and possibly send the stern section, which contains more than 1,000 tonnes of oil, tumbling into 60 metres of water.