What makes up the Taupo Volcanic Zone?
Taupo volcano, comprising several calderas (collapsed volcanoes) makes up the northern part of the lake. The surrounding lighter-coloured region is the area most thickly covered by the deposits of Taupo eruption 1800 years ago. Its soils and pumice, hot springs and geothermal energy are all due to the volcano.
How long has the Taupo Volcanic Zone been active?
While Taupo has been active for 300,000 years, explosive eruptions became more common 65,000 years ago.
Is Taupo a shield volcano?
Taupo is a ‘supervolcano’ and one of the most frequently active and productive rhyolite caldera in the world. The huge caldera (collapse crater) has been partly filled by New Zealand’s largest lake, Lake Taupo.
How old is the Taupo Volcanic Zone?
The Taupō Volcanic Zone (TVZ) is a volcanic area in the North Island of New Zealand that has been active for the past two million years and is still highly active.
Is New Zealand on a convergent boundary?
New Zealand is currently astride the convergent boundary between the Pacific and Australian Plates. Through most of the South Island, the plates slide past each other (Alpine Fault), with slight obduction of the Pacific Plate over the Australian Plate, forming Southern Alps.
How old is Taupo?
approximately 27,000 years ago
Lake Taupo was created approximately 27,000 years ago by a huge volcanic eruption. According to geological records, the volcano has erupted 28 times since then.
Is the Taupo Volcanic Zone in New Zealand active?
The Taupo Volcanic Zone (TVZ) is a volcanic area in the North Island of New Zealand that has been active for the past two million years and is still highly active.
When did Taupo buy their first home in New Zealand?
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Why are there so many volcanoes in New Zealand?
The The basin has formed to the east of the subduction zone and is caused by the extension of the crust above the subduction zone. The TVZ has most of New Zelands active volcanoes.
How is the caldera of the Taupo volcano created?
The caldera is created by subsidence of the ground surface due to emptying of the magma chamber in huge eruptions. The present magma chamber is between 6 and 8 km below the lake. Although Taupo Volcano has much more violent eruptions than cone volcanoes, they are fortunately less frequent.