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White Island is the most active volcano in New Zealand. The crater continuously erupts ash and chemicals such as sulphur and silica. The crater also has a lake in the middle as the rainfall here is high. The island sits on one of the most active plate boundaries in the world where the Pacific plate is dragged beneath the Indo-Australian plate, producing enough heat to melt the rocks and feed the volcano.
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21 February 2008

Classroom Ideas

Can be used during a module on Tectonic Activity. Students should explain how the White Island volcano has been formed along a destructive plate boundary. They should be able to compare this type of volcano with one found on a constructive plate boundary. Finally, students could be asked to suggest the advantages and disadvantages of living alongside a volcano.