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Lahar path

Lahar path

Tussock and shrubs grow in the rubbly path forged by a lahar (volcanic mud flow) from Mt Ruapehu. The heat of volcanic eruptions can melt snow and ice. Meltwater mixes with rocks and soil and sweeps down established channels, destroying all vegetation and anything else along the way.

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Matt McGlone, 'Ecoregions - Central volcanic plateau', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 June 2024)

Story by Matt McGlone, published 24 Sep 2007