The boundary between protected and non-protected areas is very clear in this satellite image of the Egmont National Park, New Zealand – as we see here between the green, densely forested area and surrounding agricultural landscape.
The land here was first formally protected in 1881, within a 9.6 km radius of the mountain summit. With high rainfall and a mild coastal climate, the park is home to a lush rainforest, with some plants unique to the park.
Mount Egmont (or Mount Taranaki) is considered an active volcano, although it has been dormant for over 150 years.
“Mount Taranaki/Egmont (2518m) and tarn on the Pouakai Rangers, New Zealand. I spent a cold night beside the tarn waiting for completely still water. This happened just before sunrise, with the full moon about to set.”
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Image copyright Rodney Allen and used with permission.
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