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Mount Cook (3755m) is the highest mountain in Australasia. Known to the Maori as Aoraki, Mt Cook was named after the explorer by Captain Stokes of the HMS Acheron. It was first climbed on Christmas Day 1894 by 3 local mountaineers.

Lake Pukaki stems from the ice melt from the Tasman glacier, and years before would have been much higher and larger than it is today. The turquoise colour of the lake is created by 'rock flour', finely ground particles of rock held in suspension in the glacial melt water.

This shot is taken from near the lakes visitor centre. The only pp here was to elliminate the noise from the sky, and to crop and sharpen before resizing.

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