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Rotorua lakes

Rotorua lakes

This NASA image shows the teardrop-shaped Lake Rotorua, with Mokoia Island near the middle and Rotorua city on its southern shore. The lake is in a caldera – a depression formed by a volcanic eruption. Lakes Tarawera, Okataina and Okareka occupy the Okataina caldera. The even mass of the Haroharo lava flow abuts Lakes Okataina and Tarawera, and the craters of Mt Tarawera are at bottom right.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Volcanic Plateau places - Lake Rotorua', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/15011/rotorua-lakes (accessed 24 September 2020)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 25 May 2015