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White Island

This 4-m-wide, water-filled impact crater was formed when the block in background, with volcanologist Ian Nairn providing scale, was ejected during a strombolian eruption from White Island in New Zealand in late March 1977. The block, composed of pre-existing wall rock of the crater, bounced, forming the impact crater, and then slid to its present location, 250 m from the source vent.


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