The Dynamic Earth View Multimedia Version

Main Menu >  GeoGallery >  Volcanoes >  Egmont [Taranaki]
TITLE: GeoGallery

Choose one of the following Volcanoes for more details:

Egmont [Taranaki]

Egmont [Taranaki]

Grass-covered conical hills dot the plains around Mount Egmont, on New Zealand's North Island. Small hills such as these, often located in lowland areas well beyond the flanks of a volcano, were once thought to be cinder cones or small secondary vents produced by explosions when a lava flow passed over a body of water. They now are known to be hummocks of massive debris avalanches produced by volcanic landslides. Debris-avalanche deposits originating from repetitive collapse of Egmont surround the volcano to distances of about 40 km.


bottom navigation bar Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Department of Mineral Sciences website Credits