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Auckland, a City Filled With Active Volcanoes

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Lake Pupuke, a heart-shaped freshwater lake on the north coast of Auckland that was formed by a volcanic explosion
Lake Pupuke, a heart-shaped freshwater lake on the north coast of Auckland that was formed by a volcanic explosion © wired

Resort and Hotel – Auckland, a City Filled With Active Volcanoes. How does it feel to live in a city full of active volcanoes? Anxiety will always haunt the lives of residents who live in the city.

Moreover, not only one volcano in the city, but dozens of active volcanoes spread throughout the city.

This will only be experienced by most residents of the city of Auckland.

Because the largest city in New Zealand stands on a volcanic field that makes the area filled with active volcanoes in very large numbers.

It’s terrible to imagine how Auckland city dwellers can live in the middle of a volcano that can erupt at any time and here are the facts about the Auckland volcano city.

1Auckland The Only City in the World Located in Volcanic Fields

Lake Pupuke, a heart-shaped freshwater lake on the north coast of Auckland that was formed by a volcanic explosion © wired

Auckland is the only city in the world in the active basaltic volcanic field. With this situation makes almost the entire area filled with volcanoes. The city is really located in a hot spot filled with layers of magma from the bowels of the earth that is ready to explode at any time.

Every few hundred or thousand years, a stack of magma pushes to the surface of the earth and produces cones, craters and lagoons. The most recent eruption occurred around 600 years ago which produced Rangitoto Island covering an area of ​​6 square kilometers and destroyed the Maori settlement near Motutapu Island.

2No Less Than 50 Volcanoes Meet the City of Auckland

One Tree Hill is a mountain that contains Sir John Logan Campbell’s monuments and tombs, the inventor of the city of Auckland © flickr

The city of Auckland, which is the largest and most populous city in New Zealand, has no less than 50 volcanoes. The volcano is spread throughout the city area with a population of 1.4 million people or one third of the total population of New Zealand.

The volcanoes have produced at least about 90 eruptions in the last 90,000 years and until now there has been no news about when the next eruption will occur. If seen from the overcrowding, it is inconceivable what their fate would have been if the volcano erupted. To be sure there will be severe damage in every corner of the city.

3The highest volcano in Auckland is less than 200 meters

Mount Eden, the highest mountain in Auckland with a height reaching 196 meters © wikipedia

Unlike most volcanoes in other countries. The volcano in Auckland city is different in terms of height. The amount is indeed very much in fact there is no other city in the world that holds that many volcanoes in one region except Auckland.

But the height of most of the volcanoes in this city is not high enough. Nearly all of the volcanoes there are small cones that are less than 200 meters high. This tiny mountain grows as a result of an eruption that occurred for several months or several years and issued a magma that piled up to form a high mound.

This type of volcano is called monogenetic, so after an eruption it will not erupt in the same place but an eruption will occur and a new mountain will grow somewhere else.

4Explosion Materials of 50 Auckland Volcanoes Equivalent to 1 Normal Volcano

Rangitoto Island is the place with the most iconic views in Auckland © Wikipedia

This is another uniqueness of the volcano in Auckland. Volcanoes there are tens of times smaller than most volcanoes in the world. The total material volume from the explosion of all volcanoes in Auckland is only equivalent to one eruption of the average volcano in the world.

Although the explosion was not so terrible, because of its monogenetic nature, it would not be surprised if many new mountains grew there. It is this trait that makes it difficult for researchers to predict where a volcanic eruption will occur next.

Because if a mountain erupts, the liquid magma in the bowels of the earth will slide up so fast that it leaves only a little time that is not enough to evacuate.

5All of the Hills in Auckland Formerly of a Former Volcano

Mount Wellington is located 10 kilometers southeast of the city center © GNS-Science

All of Auckland’s volcanoes are 20 kilometers from the city center and spread throughout the region. If you are traveling in this city then you will see them in the form of mounds that form small hills. Some craters have been filled with water to form lakes and reservoirs.

Many volcanic cones that were once Maori settlement sites, this can be seen from the many terraced footprints on the back and inside the volcanic crater. Most of these hills have been dredged and leveled as an effort to build new settlements and create city parks. However, since 1915, these natural creations have been protected by law and can no longer be exploited.

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