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Mt Eden (2nd of 2)

Mt Eden

Mt Eden (Maungawhau) is one of the most prominent volcanic cones remaining in the Auckland region. Erupting about 15,000 years ago from three overlapping scoria cones, it formed a huge scoria mound with a central crater from the last eruption. Lava flowed out from the base of the mound, and in some places the lava is more than 60 metres thick.

Maungawhau was a significant fortified , large enough to provide refuge for several hundred people. Extensive earthworks modified the steep upper slopes of the cone.

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Richard Smith, David J. Lowe and Ian Wright, 'Volcanoes - Cone volcanoes and volcanic fields', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/8706/mt-eden (accessed 21 July 2017)

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