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Volcanic Features and Clusters of Lakes on New Zealand’s North Island

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April 1st, 2011 Category: Lakes, Volcanoes

New Zealand - March 27th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows a cluster of lakes on New Zealand’s North Island. The largest visible here is Lake Rotorua, and covering 79.8km2. The lake was formed from the crater of a large volcano in the Taupo Volcanic Zone.

Several other lakes of volcanic origin are located nearby, to the east. Directly east of Lake Rotorua is Lake Rotoiti. The two are connected via the Ohau Channel. To the right of Lake Rotoiti is Lake Rotoehu, followed by Lake Rotoma.

To the south, the large Lake Tarawera can be observed. It is the largest of a series of lakes which surround the volcano Mount Tarawera. Like the mountain, it lies within the Okataina caldera. The lake’s surface area is 39 kmĀ².

In the middle is Lake Okataina, the northernmost and largest of four smaller lakes lying between Lake Rotorua and Lake Tarawera. The others are Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake), Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake), and Lake Okareka. All lie within the Okataina caldera, along its western edge.