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Mon Aug 20, 2018, 12:44 AM

GNS Science unveils new explanation for volcanic forms in the Tongariro National Park with new geolo

Last updated 16:22, August 20 2018

Miriam Godfrey

The map's companion book explains how these three mountains were formed. Pictured is Mt
Tongariro, with Mt Ngauruhoe at the top and Mt Ruapehu at the back.

Ice and lava might seem unlikely bedfellows, but new research from GNS Science suggests the two might have a close, temperamental relationship.

The Crown research institute's newly published geological map of Tongariro National Park brings new insights to the geological formation and volcanic history of this World Heritage Area.

GNS Science, the Department of Conservation, and Victoria University of Wellington collaborated to produce the map and illustrated 109-page companion book. The folded map is tucked into the book's sleeve.

Margaret Low
GNS Science's Graham Leonard and Dougal Townsend with the new geological map of Tongariro National Park

Aimed at the technically-inclined, public reader, the map and book describe the structure of the park's volcanoes [Tongariro, Ruapehu, and Ngauruhoe] in detail. The volcanoes' 1000-year history is also explained.


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