Saturday, September 18, 2010

Mount Doom, um, I mean, Mount Ngauruhoe

Mt. Ngauruhoe
Central Plateau New Zealand

Mt Ngauruhoe with Mt Egmont/Taranaki on the distant west coast horizon.

postmarked in 2010 with two New Zealand stamps

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Mount Ngauruhoe is an active stratovolcano in New Zealand. Although seen by most as a volcano in its own right, it is technically a secondary cone of Mount Tongariro.

It erupted 45 times in the 20th century, most recently in 1977.

There are several possible explanations for the mountain's name. The most plausible is Nga Uru Hoe, meaning "throwing heated stones".

In the early 2000s Mount Ngauruhoe was used as a stand-in for the fictional Mount Doom in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, achieving worldwide exposure.

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