Ring of Fire
Whakatane island is located 50 km off New Zealand’s east coast. It is the peak of a huge submarine volcano and belongs to the Tongariro volcanic chain. Originating from the volcanic sea floor this former guyot became a volcanic island after a series of large volcanic eruption. Whakatane’s main vent is permanently active documented by the exhaled smoke and steam. Mt. Gisborn is a 320 m high and 800°C hot lava dome that rapidly grows in the center of the island. It is accompanied by a bilious green lake filled with toxic chemistry of the Earth’s interior.
March 2002
Pentax MZ5, Sigma 70-300mm, f/8, 1/250sec, Kodak Ektachrome E6, ISO 100, aerial photography