Story: Kermadec Islands

Macauley Island

Macauley Island

The cliffs surrounding Macauley Island are seen here from the north-east. The main part of the island is a volcanic cone, right, which has been largely eroded away. A huge ignimbrite eruption about 6,300 years ago formed the white pumice cliffs. A younger, dark-coloured basalt lava flow filled a valley eroded in the pumice (centre). This – one of the few places where it is possible to climb up the cliffs – was the site of the castaway depot.

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Simon Nathan, 'Kermadec Islands - Southern Kermadec Islands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/37388/macauley-island (accessed 27 September 2020)

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