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Ōruanui ash (1st of 2)

Ōruanui ash

Ash from the Ōruanui eruption from the Taupō volcano, about 26,500 years ago, covered a huge area. By taking many measurements it was possible to work out the patterns of ash thickness (in centimetres) over the whole region.

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Source: C. J. N. Wilson, ‘The 26.5 ka Oruanui eruption, New Zealand: an introduction and overview.’ Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 112 (2001)

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Richard Smith, David J. Lowe and Ian Wright, 'Volcanoes - The Taupō volcano', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/map/8713/oruanui-ash (accessed 16 November 2019)

Story by Richard Smith, David J. Lowe and Ian Wright, published 12 Jun 2006