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Taranaki Bights, Tasman Bay and Nearby Volcanoes, New Zealand

39.2S 174.0E

December 12th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Sediments, Volcanoes

New Zealand - November 25th, 2011

The South Taranaki Bight (middle of image) is the name given to the large bay which extends south and east from the south coast of Taranaki in New Zealand’s North Island. The North Taranaki Bight begins to the north of Cape Egmont (upper part of image).

Sediments can be seen lining the shores of both bights, and the active stratovolcano Mount Taranaki/Egmont can be seen on Cape Egmont. Further inland, Lake Taupo can be seen, with the active stratovolcano Mount Ruapehu to the south of it. The volcano is surrounded by a semi-circle of clouds, but is easily identified by its white, snow-capped peak.

Visible to the south, in the lower part of the image, is Tasman Bay, a large V-shaped bay at the north end of New Zealand’s South Island. Located in the centre of the island’s northern coast, it stretches along 120 km of coastline and is 70 km across at its widest point. It is an arm of the Tasman Sea, lying on the western approach to Cook Strait.

At Tasman Bay’s western extremity, the land around the bay is rough and densely forested. To the east, the land is also steep, with the westernmost points of sea-drowned valleys of the Marlborough Sounds. The land between these two extremes is more gently rolling, and also includes the coastal plains around the mouth of the Waimea River at the bay’s southernmost point.

Sediments in Cook Strait, New Zealand

41.3S 174.3E

September 27th, 2011 Category: Sediments

New Zealand - September 2nd, 2011

Sediments can be seen by the coasts of New Zealand’s North and South Islands, partially in the Cook Strait, which separates the two. It connects the Tasman Sea on the west with the South Pacific Ocean on the east.

To the south the coast runs runs 30 km along Cloudy Bay and past the islands and entrances to the Marlborough Sounds. To the north the coast runs 40 km along Palliser Bay, crosses the entrance to Wellington harbour, past some Wellington suburbs and continues another 15 km to Makara beach.

North Auckland Peninsula, New Zealand

35.7S 173.7E

July 6th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Volcanoes

New Zealand - June 20th, 2011

The end of the long peninsula in this image is New Zealand’s Northland region, located in what is often referred to by New Zealanders as the Far North, or, because of its mild climate, The Winterless North.

It occupies the upper 80% of the 285 kilometre-long North Auckland Peninsula, the southernmost part of which is in the Auckland Region. It is bounded to the west by the Tasman Sea, and to the east by the Pacific Ocean. The land is predominantly rolling hill country. The western coast of the region is dominated by several long straight beaches; the east coast is more rugged, and is dotted with bays and peninsulas.

Moving down the peninsula to the mainland of North Island, Lake Taupo can be observed as a large blue area. South of the lake is Mount Ruapehu, a volcano whose peak is snow-capped in this image.

A Look at Both Sides of the Southern Alps, New Zealand

43.6S 170.6E

March 24th, 2011 Category: Mountains, Sediments

New Zealand - March 22nd, 2011

The Southern Alps run down the middle of New Zealand’s South Island, providing a sort of “backbone”. In this image, snow and clouds are present on the eastern side of the ridge, while the western side is clear.

Along the west coast, several rivers can be seen spilling sediments into the  Tasman Sea. Sediments are also present along the northern coastline, pouring into the Cook Strait. In the full image, sediments and/or algae can be seen giving a bright blue color to several glacial lakes in the Mackenzie Basin, at the eastern foot of the Alps.


Fires in New South Wales, Australia

29.1S 151.6E

December 14th, 2009 Category: Fires

Australia - December 9th, 2009

Australia - December 9th, 2009

Smoke from fires in New South Wales, Australia, blows toward the Tasman Sea. Fires services report that nearly 100 bushfires are still raging, with 29 of these rated “uncontainable”. Many fires are the result of some dry lightning that has went through the area over the last few days.

Over the weekend, the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology reissued the fire weather warning for New South Wales, saying that hot, dry and windy conditions are expected to increase fire dangers to dangerous levels in parts of the state.

Severe Fire Danger was also forecast for the North Western and Upper Central West Plains. The NSW Rural Fire Service warned that any bush fire that starts has the potential to threaten lives and destroy homes and issued a total fire ban on those areas.