Crater Lake … in New Zealand?

A quick glance at today’s Bing home page and someone from the Northwest might think they’re looking at Oregon’s Crater Lake. But this is a volcanic caldera down under: New Zealand’s Mt. Ruapehu.

It’s located in the country’s oldest national park, Tongariro, in the central part of the north island. The active stratovolcano last erupted in September 2007.

Mt. Ruapehu is 9,177 feet tall, the highest point on the north island. Between major eruptions, a warm acidic lake forms in its crater, fed by melting snow.

If you need a break today to dream about far away wind-swept places, check it out.

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Aimee Riordan
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