Wednesday, December 03, 2008

White Island - submarine volcano

Near the top of the North Island, White Island out of the ocean like a sore thumb. It is quite some distance from the mainland.
But as it puffs smoke from its sulphurous caldera it’s hard to believe that the tip of this volcanic island is like the tip of an iceberg which grows from the sea bed.
Having blown its top, what remains of the island resembles the cracked rim of an empty cup.
As the ship sailed around it, I watched the smoke breathing from below the earths crust and smelled the yellow sulphurous smoke which colours the rock and ash.
New Zealand is definitely in the Ring of Fire.
Photos: M Muir

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