STS101-718-3

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Spacecraft nadir point: 38.1° S, 176.0° E

Photo center point: 39.0° S, 175.5° E

Nadir to Photo Center: Southwest

Spacecraft Altitude: 206 nautical miles (382km)
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Image Caption: Ruapehu & Tongariro Volcanoes, New Zealand
Ruapehu (snow-capped) and Tongariro are active volcanoes that lie along
a northeasterly line through North Island, New Zealand. Between the
southern shore of Lake Taupo and smaller Lake Rotoaira is
another volcanic cone; White Island in the Bay of Plenty (200 km farther
northeast) is the last subaerial volcano in the line at present (see STS
101-718-9). 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 a line of active
volcanoes develops. Geothermal heat from volcanic sources is harnessed
for power generation on North Island.