Monday, 7 July 2014

Mount Taranaki
Mt Taranaki.JPG
View of Taranaki from Stratford, showing Fanthams Peak on the southern flank
Elevation2,518 m (8,261 ft)
Prominence2,308 m (7,572 ft)[1]
Mount Taranaki, or Mount Egmont, is an active[4][5] but quiescentstratovolcano in the Taranaki region on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island. Although the mountain is more commonly referred to as Taranaki, it has two official names under the alternative names policy of the New Zealand Geographic Board.[6]The 2518-metre-high mountain is one of the most symmetricalvolcanic cones in the world. There is a secondary cone, Fanthams Peak (MāoriPanitahi), 1,966 metres (6,450 ft), on the south side.[7]Because of its resemblance to Mount Fuji, Taranaki provided the backdrop for the movie The Last Samurai.

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