Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand, aerial photograph. These snowclad slopes and lake form one of the summit craters of Mount Ruapehu, an active volcano at the southern end of the Taupo volcanic zone on New Zealand's North Island. The highest peak (Tahurangi, 2797 metres) is the highest point on the North Island. The volcano has erupted 10 times in the 20th century, including eruptions from 1995-7. One of the major dangers of this volcano is the collapse of the dams forming this crater lake, which has in the past caused catastrophic mud flows (lahars).
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