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Category: Volcanoes

220,000 VOLTS

Pylon

Pylon

Do not climb (the pylon, that is; it is pylon 32 on Line A between Otahuhu to Henderson). More importantly: clear blue sky with a promise of (so far) the coldest night to come (3 degrees C expected). In the background right: Mangere Mountain, one of our volcanic hills.…

Big King

Big King

Big King

The Three Kings (Te Tātua-a-Riukiuta) is a complex volcano (28,500 years old) within the Auckland volcanic field, which at some time had three prominent cones. Nowadays, only one of them remains, the Big King, the others having been quarried away.…

One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill

The City Daily Photo theme for November is “Landmarks”. Click here for landmarks throughout the world.

The Auckland Volcanic Field comprises over 50 volcanoes, with the earliest eruption (Onepoto) about 250,000 years ago, and the most recent one (Rangitoto) about 600 years ago.…

Volcanoes

View of Auckland from Mount Eden

View of Auckland from Mount Eden

A beautiful day yesterday, as we looked out across the crater of Mount Eden to Mount Victoria and North Head on the other side of the Harbour, with Rangitoto Island in the back.…

Tholoid

Mangere Mountain

Mangere Mountain

We are on the rim of the main crater of Mangere Mountain (eruption about 20,000 years ago), and bang in the middle of the crater is a hump about 12 metres high — a plug of solidified magma (basalt) that was pushed out of the throat of the volcano after the main eruption by mounting pressure from below.…

Mangere Lagoon

Mangere Lagoon from Mangere Mountain

Mangere Lagoon from Mangere Mountain

Mangere Mountain, from which this photo was taken, is a volcano that erupted about 20,000 years ago. Mangere Lagoon with its central scoria cone is the explosion crater of an earlier eruption (date not available). About 7000 years ago, rising sea levels broke the tuff ring and created the lagoon.…

The Crater

Mount Eden

Mount Eden

With 196 metres above sea level, Mount Eden is the highest elevation on the Auckland isthmus, one of over 50 volcanoes that characterise our landscape. Its crater is 50 metres deep (I assume that is measured from the summit), and here we look up from the lowest point of the rim.…

Smile!

On Top of Mount Eden

On Top of Mount Eden

With an elevation of 196 metres, Mount Eden is the highest point of Auckland’s urban landscape (about the same height as the pergola of the Sky Tower – whose top reaches to 328 metres). It is a wonderful spot from which to get an overview of the sprawling expanse of Auckland, and tourist come by the busload.…

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