Mount Taranaki, New Zealand

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Mount Taranaki is one the most perfectly shaped volcanic ash cones in the world.
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Information about Mount Taranaki

Mount Taranaki or Mount Egmont [1] is a dormant stratovolcano located in the Taranaki region on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island.

The 2518-metre-high mountain is one of the most perfectly-shaped volcanic ash cones in the world. There is a secondary cone, Fanthams Peak, on the south side. Because of its resemblance to Mount Fuji, Taranaki provided the backdrop for the Tom Cruise movie The Last Samurai.

Mount Taranaki/Egmont is geologically young, having commenced activity approximately 135,000 years ago. The most recent volcanic activity (a Ruapehu 95/96 size event) was a moderate ash eruption which occurred about 1755, and possibly the early 1800's, and the last major eruption occurred around 1655. Recent research has shown that minor eruptions have occurred roughly every 90 years on average, with major eruptions every 500 years, over the last 9000 years.

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