White Island is New Zealand's only active marine volcano. It is situated 48 kms from the coast of the North Island. Volcanologists continually monitor the volcano’s activity via surveillance cameras. Survey pegs, magnetometers and seismograph equipment for early earthquake warnings via radio have also been installed on the crater walls. Between July and August this year White Island showed signs of increased activity with lake and gas levels rising from inside the crater. On 5 August 2012 a minor eruption occurred, sending ash into the air. More eruptions have followed since.
Sulphur mining was attempted on the island but was abandoned in 1914 after a lahar (mudflow) killed all 10 workers on the island. Now the main activities on the island are guided tours and scientific research.
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ifege (10493) 2012-11-08 1:46
Must get to this island next time I get to NZ Marlene - an excellent volcano shot.
saxo042 (37888) 2012-11-08 3:46
Looks like a lot of sulphur, so I can imagine the smell from the smoke here. An interesting picture and all the people provide reference to the size of the crater. Very good colours too!
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-11-08 5:13
Hello Marlene - A fascinating note to accompany your photograph. The landscape looks very harsh and barren and not at all what one expects of NZ. The line of yellow-hatted visitors puts the size of the volcano in context and adds a very good small detail and colour splash. An excellent TE shot and nice to see you here again. Kind regards Rosemary
holmertz (53424) 2012-11-08 8:46
You pay us a rare visit with a fine photo of a strange scenery with peculiar colours. The cloud of sulphur is a fascinating feature and so is the colourful line of people. I like how the view is split into three areas af grey, yellow and blue.
annjackman (21899) 2012-11-09 9:56
I can almost smell the sulphurous fumes! There is a lovely range of colours in this volcano. The picture conveys the potential danger although I guess it was relatively safe as people could get so close. The line of people adds a lot to the image giving a great sense of scale. I also read your note with interest.
Kind Regards, Ann
chawax (20758) 2012-11-09 13:49
I dind't know New Zealand had active volcanos ! Impressive landscape, with typically volcanic colours and atmopshere. We could feel on the moon ! The people add scale to the composition. Good sharpness too.
Have a nice week end,
bukitgolfb301 (42292) 2012-11-09 15:54
Hi dear Marlene
Yes gereat nature shot and also great nature power too. So wonderful image! Perfect framework and best allocation of several climeres as good accent. Vivid color contarst is very comfortable to see. Thanks for your sharing and have a good Sat.!
Takero from Tokyo
abmdsudi (54513) 2012-11-11 2:21
A great impression that is very well composed and taken, it's quite dramatic seen from this pov and the ash clouds clearly visible. The amazing moment well recorded, with the sulphhur trails clearly visible ther but those tiny visitors in stunning vivid colors make this shot even more livelier! and so well set to the brilliant blue sky. A well thoughout out shot and your effort certainly well paid off, awesome nature wonder. Fine shot, TFS
Didi (60588) 2012-11-17 4:28
Very nice scene from a good point of view
The human presence gives us an interesting scale of this wonderful place.
- Copyright: Marlene Fegan (mafegan) (8624)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-10-20
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D80 DSLR, Sigma 18-200 / 3.5-6.3
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-11-07 14:38