Emerald Lakes, New Zealand

October 03, 2022


Emerald lake tongariro

Photographer: Steve Kropp  
Summary Author: Steve Kropp  

This photo shows one of the two Emerald Lakes found near the summit of Mt Tongariro, New Zealand. Their stunning emerald color is caused by dissolved minerals that wash down from the surrounding landscape.

The lakes formed in craters from previous volcanic eruptions. They can be seen on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which is one of the most popular day walks in New Zealand. This walk passes over the volcanic terrain of still active volcano Mt Tongariro. It also passes the base of Mt Ngauruhoe, another active volcano that was used to depict Mt Doom in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Photo taken on April 16, 2022.

Photo details: Google Pixel 4a; ƒ/1.73; 1/2611; 4.38 mm; ISO 61

Emerald Lakes, New Zealand Coordinates: -39.133314, 175.657835

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