Early on the afternoon of July 31, 2012, Paeroa jeweller Maggie de Grauw was flying home from a holiday in Samoa when she spotted a vast brownish-grey slick on the surface of the ocean beneath the aircraft.
Published in Issue 119 Jan/Feb 2013
Life thrives against the odds in the frozen sands of Te Onetapu, one of just a handful of volcanic dune systems in the world. Formed by the sand, rock and ash ejected from volcanic activity, this windy and hostile environment is transformed every time a giant awakes.
Published in Issue 117 Sep/Oct 2012
New Zealand's geothermal areas are world renowned for their spectacular displays of colour, texture and raw power. In a new book photographer Craig Potton focuses on the jewels in our geothermal crown.
New ZealandĀ“s largest city is sitting on a volcanic "hot spot". The site has already seen 48 eruptions. Will there be more?
New Zealand's most active volcano is a magnet to scientists and sightseers, but behind its primeval beauty lies a violent history-both human and geological.
Raoul Island is a bewitched Pacific paradise which has lured to its shores a long line of would-be settlers over the past 1000 years. But the irresistible lushness of the island's interior - picturesque Tui Lake, for example - belies a wild volcanic heart that heaves with alarming frequency into earthquake and eruption.
As if to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its last major outburst, on September 18, 1995, Ruapehu sprang unexpectedly from repose to violent activity. Over the next few weeks a white plume billowed to over ten kilometres above the mountain, raining black showers of ash across most of the North Island and disrupting air and ground traffic. On the night of October 11, with most of the water from the crater lake exhausted, molten magma fountained from the crater for several hours. Shafts of lightning crackled through the base of the dense ash cloud every few seconds. Fire had come to the mountain again.
Part of the Pink and White Terraces have been rediscovered, submerged in lake sediment in the depths of Lake Rotomahana. The formation, which once drew visitors all the way from Europe, was considered the eighth natural wonder of the world and thought to be completely destroyed after the 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera.
Published in Geo Bytes
A water-filled volcanic caldera, Taupo is a natural asset and a turbine-turner for environmentally sound power generation.
Just minutes from Auckland by fast ferry, Rangitoto is a unique mosaic of raw lava and lush vegetation with a scattering of quaint old baches around the coast.
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