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Spacecraft nadir point: 42.5° S, 176.6° E

Photo center point: 40.0° S, 176.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: North

Spacecraft Altitude: 207 nautical miles (383km)
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Image Caption: North Island, New Zealand
Ruapehu (snowy peak) and Tongariro are active volcanoes that line along
a northeasterly line through North Island, New Zealand; White Island
(with plume) in the Bay of Plenty is the northernmost subaerial volcano
of the line. As the Pacific plate descends beneath the eastern edge of
North Island, the crust of the overriding Australian/Indian plate is
stretched. Lava rises through the weakened crust and the line of active
volcanoes develops. Geothermal energy from volcanic heat is used to
generate power for North Island.