A Volcano in the Sea.

New Zealand

by Andrea Maier

50km's off the North Island of New Zealand in the Bay of Plenty you find this dramatic marine volcano on White Island.

Only 2km's wide and 320m high, this live volcano sends clouds of scalding steam into the air. Hissing fissures, acidic pools and toxic air emanate from the volcano's steaming fumeroles. Sulphur mining ceased in 1914 when a lahar (debris-mudslide) killed 10 workers. Some remnants of corroding machinery can still be seen today.

The only living creatures on this privately owned island are thousands of Australasian gannets that nest in the yellow and white volcanic cliffs.

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