New Zealand's Restless Volcanoes

In the Taupo Volcanic Zone, tectonic forces stretch the Earth's crust in dramatic fashion. 

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North Island, New Zealand 38S 51' 0.9396" 175E 55' 6.8838"   geonet.org.nz/volcano/ Beneath New Zealand’s snow-dusted peaks and placid blue lakes, the planet is restless. The island nation sits atop an active subduction zone where the Pacific Plate slips below the Australian Plate. In the Central North Island, in a wedge-shaped region called the Taupo Volcanic Zone, tectonic forces stretch Earth’s crust dramatically. Elsewhere on our planet, continenta...
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