Story: Natural hazards – overview

Auckland – city of volcanoes

Auckland city is built around small volcanic cones – many formed in the last 100,000 years. The most recent eruption took place about 600 years ago, when Rangitoto Island (upper right) was formed. The fertile soils in the Auckland region developed from the weathering of volcanic ash.

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Eileen McSaveney and Simon Nathan, 'Natural hazards – overview - Living dangerously', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by Eileen McSaveney and Simon Nathan, published 12 Jun 2006