New Volcano Uncovered in New Zealand
25 Feb 2008
Scientists in New Zealand have made an exciting discovery uncovering a new volcano in the country's largest city of Auckland.
The discovery was made by a team of scientists from GNS Science and Auckland University while drilling in the Panmure Basin.
The new volcano was found buried inside the mouth of an existing volcano that erupted about 28,000 years ago.
Volcanologist Dr Graham Leonard said the new volcano could be as young as 10,000 years.
He said the find was a very "exciting result".
He said it was extremely rare for two eruptions to have occurred at the same site in the Auckland Volcanic Field.
"Most of Auckland's volcanoes have erupted only once, with the possible exception of Rangitoto."
This is the fifth location that the group has drilled in the past three years as part of a research programme to improve the understanding of volcanoes and help prepare Auckland for future eruptions.
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