The peak of Mt. Ngauruhoe at 2300 m in northern New Zealand reveals a deep view into its young crater that last erupted in 1954. The Tongariro volcanic chain sits on a two million years old plateau of the Taupo volcano. Taupos historic eruption even influenced the climate in Europe. At a depth of 75 km the pacific plate subsides beneath the Indo-Australian plate by heating up to the melting point at 140 km depth. This rising magma feeds the volcanoes aloft. Mt. Ngauruhoe is only 2500 years old and exhibits a perfectly shaped stratovolcano form. Its steep slopes which are covered with colorful ash and pumice.
March 2001
Pentax MZ5, Pentax 50mm, f/5.6, 1/500sec, Kodak Ektachrome E6, ISO 100, aerial photography