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Approaching frontal cloud forms a dramatic backdrop across the placid waters of Lake Taupo - New Zealand's largest lake & a massive volcanic crater.

When Taupo last erupted - evidence points to 186AD - it is believed to have been the largest eruption in historical times anywhere in the world. Fortunately NZ was uninhabited at the time but the climatic effects of this eruption were recorded in ancient Rome & ancient China. To put this eruption in perspective with other similar volcanic eruptions: Mt St Helens in US in 1980 blew into the atmosphere between 1 - 3 cu.kms of ash; Mt Pinatuba in the Philippines in the early 1990s about 10 cu.kms; Krakatoa in the 1880s around 30 cu.kms; Tambora in Indomesa in early 1800s around 60 cu.kms; Taupo in 186AD between 100 - 110 cu.kms!! and scientists say this was a small eruption by Taupo standards - 25,000 years ago there was one up to 8 times larger!! We live in a very volatile part of the world.

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  • Copyright: Neil Rawlins (Antipodean) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 149 W: 0 N: 265] (1565)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-04-04
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-10-09 2:19
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