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Auckland City is built upon an active volcanic field created over the last 250,000 years, with the youngest volcano Rangitoto being formed just 600 years ago. Eruptions from 48 small basalt volcanoes have produced an attractive landscape of cones, craters, and lava flows. Today, these remnants provide us with a unique opportunity to learn about our city's volcanic past and the processes that form volcanoes.

This website has been created by the Geological Society of New Zealand to encourage interest in Auckland's volcanic heritage and in particular to provide a resource for secondary school teachers who are seeking teaching material for the current earth science curriculum. We have focussed our attention on the Mt Mangere volcano because it displays great examples of many features typical of basalt volcanoes, and it is easily accessible for school trips. The site also contains a field trip guide with downloadable worksheets for students. 

 

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