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Active White Island volcano off the coast of New Zealand photographed from the air




Crater view of the active White Island volcano Whakaari in the Bay of Plenty off the coast of New Zealand photographed from the air.


Ring of Fire

A flight over the White Island volcano in the Bay of Plenty shows the activity of its crater, which expels gases and steam. Mount Gisborn is a 320 m high and 800°C hot lava dome that grows in the center of the volcano. White Island is the summit of a much larger submarine volcano that is located 48 km (30 mi) offshore and that rises about 1600 m (5249 ft) above the sea floor.
Named Whakaari by the Maori, the volcano belongs to the Taupo volcanic chain. Continuous volcanic activity produced andesitic rocks over the past 150.000 years. A bilious green lake filled with toxic chemistry of the Earth’s interior is located in the center of volcano.

March 2002
Pentax MZ5, Sigma 70-300mm, f/8, 1/250 second, Kodak Ektachrome E6, ISO 100, aerial photography

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