Taupo : the eruption

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Wilson, C.J.N.; Houghton, B.F. 2004 Taupo : the eruption. Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Limited. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences information series 62 1 folded brochure

Abstract: The vast and scenic Lake Taupo is not always recognised as the heart of a volcano. The lake that attracts thousands of tourists every year to swim, fish and boat is the crater lake of a huge volcano that has produced two of the world’s most violent eruptions in geologically recent times. The younger of these eruptions is the subject of this brochure. Taupo volcano is in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, a belt of active volcanoes that extends from near Ruapehu in the centre of the North Island, to White Island in the Bay of Plenty and beyond, towards the Kermadec Islands. New Zealand’s volcanoes, along with most of the 600 active volcanoes in the world, are in a belt encircling the Pacific Ocean, known as the Pacific Ring of Fire. This ring follows the outline of the Pacific tectonic plate. Taupo is a caldera volcano. New Zealand’s two most active caldera volcanoes are Taupo and Okataina (latest eruption in 1886 at Mount Tarawera). (auth/DG)

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