Thursday, June 24, 2010
Hey, come and have a great day here at Rangitoto! This dormant volcano has some great views of Maungakiekie along with other volcanoes in the area.
Rangitoto has a fantastic view of the largest pohutukawa forest in New Zealand. You will enjoy seeing this forest as you walk the well-marked trails on the way to the summit.
It is symmetrical, because when it erupted, the top of the mountain got sucked inside. The mountain looks like it has a cone with pointy ends on top, with the sides being long and narrow.
Did you know that Rangitoto is Auckland’s youngest volcano? Even though it is young it is the largest volcano in the Auckland area.
If you haven’t been to this amazing island, you need to make plans to visit soon!
Rangitoto is located in Auckland’s volcanic field. If you want to visit this island, you would have to take the ferry service. If you and your friends go to Rangitoto you will see many beautiful views along with the largest pohutukawa forest in all of New Zealand.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Rangitoto is Auckland’s youngest volcano and has been around for 600 years, and has a name that means “bloody sky.”
A volcano works when magma is in the magma chamber and then it builds up too much pressure and soon after, it explodes. When it blasts, the top may come off, but now the magma is called lava. Some of the lava might escape from little gaps called vents, along with rocks and ash. Every time a volcano erupts, it builds more and more layers. The more layers there are, the more a volcano has erupted.
If you ever get the chance to hike up Rangitoto, you will not only see a true standing volcano, but you will also be treated to an awesome view from the top. It may take a long time, but it is worth it!
Monday, June 21, 2010
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Friday, June 4, 2010
We have been busy studying our "active" earth, which means that we are beginning to understands quite a bit about earthquakes and volcanos. This is a short video that highlights some of the adventures that we've had along the way! We hope you enjoy watching it, and please feel free to leave us suggestions or comments to improve our work for the next movie.