Whale Island, New Zealand

Location: 37.9S, 177.0E
Elevation: 1,141 feet (348 m)


Geologic map of Whale Island. Modified from Duncan (1970) and Nairn and Cole (1975).

Whale Island is a complex volcano located 6 miles (10 km) offshore in the Bay of Plenty. It is on line with the Taupo Volcanic Zone. There have been no eruptions since the Pleistocene but there are active fumaroles.

Sources of Information:

Burt, R.M., Cole, J.W. and Vroon, P.Z. (in press) Volcanic geology and geochemistry of Motuhora (Whale Island), Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. N.Z. Journal of Geology and Geophysics.

Nairn, I.A., and Cole, J.W., 1975, Part XXII, New Zealand: Catalogue of the active volcanoes of the world including solfatara fields, International Association of Volcanology, Rome, Italy, 156 p.



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