New Zealand's Restless Volcanoes
In the Taupo Volcanic Zone, tectonic forces stretch the Earth's crust in dramatic fashion.
North Island, New Zealand
38S 51' 0.9396" 175E 55' 6.8838"
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...