Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Welcome to Rangitoto

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!


  1. Great writing Chelsea,
    I liked how informative your writing was. I've hiked up Rangitoto only once and it was a very long walk. But the view at the summit is fantastic!!

    From Miss Lavakula

  2. Hi Chelsea,

    Like Miss Lavakula, I too have hiked up to the summit of Rangitoto and I completely agree with her that the view is amazing!! I really enjoyed reading your blog posting. You captured my attention with detailed, interesting sentences - it was very informative. Well done!

  3. Hey Chelsea,

    You should be incredibly proud of how your writing has improved. Continue to think carefully about paragraphing, and which sentences truly fit, and which ones need a new paragraph of their own. Awesome job!

  4. Hi Chelsea

    What a well written piece of information about Rangitoto. I hiked up Rangitoto earlier this year and the view is just amazing. We walked around the crater so viewed the northern side of the island. Do you know the crater is covered in trees and other vegetation all growing very happily out of the scoria rock and volcanic soil.


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