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Whakaari/White Island, New Zealand

Posted by miam on May 29, 2012 at 10:34 am
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In January of 2008 I was onboard a cruise ship for a tour of New Zealand that included time spent viewing Whakaari/White Island which is an active andesite stratovolcano that rises 1,053 feet above the Bay of Plenty. This image shows Crater Bay near the center of the island. Captain Cook gave it the name “White Island” in 1769 because it appeared to always be in a white cloud of steam, he did not make landfall and did not know the island was an active volcano. The Māori name for the island is “Te Puia o Whakaari,” meaning “The Dramatic Volcano.” I took the photo with a Nikon D200, handheld on board ship, f5.6, 1/1500, ISO 200, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 18mm, in natural light.