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Mt Taranaki (Mt Egmont)

Mt Taranaki (Mt Egmont)

This satellite photograph of the Taranaki region clearly shows Mt Taranaki surrounded by its circle of dark green forest. The Egmont National Park boundary is visible as the circle around the mountain. Smaller patches of bush also show up as dark green against the light green pasture lands. Most of New Zealand’s lowland forests have been cleared for agriculture, leaving small fragmented pockets of native forest. These typically do not support as many native species as large forest areas such as Egmont National Park.

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NASA-Johnson Space Center
Reference: International Space Station Crew Earth Observations Experiment and the Image Science & Analysis Group. ISS006-E-40152

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Bob Brockie, 'Native plants and animals – overview - Forest animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by Bob Brockie, published 24 Sep 2007