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.

Me and the Mountain by Rodney Allen

“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.”

You can see more of Rodney’s photography on Flickr.

Image copyright Rodney Allen and used with permission.


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“Mount Taranaki (Egmont), New Zealand North Island: The TerraSAR-X radar satellite reveals the outline of Egmont National park, which can be identified by the difference in color between the slopes of Mount Taranaki (or Mount Egmont) volcano and the rest of the area. This circle with a radius of 5.9 miles (9.6 km) is not a natural occurrence: It separates the park’s lush forest from surrounding pasture zones. Mount Taranaki stands 8,261 feet (2,518 m) tall and has been totally inactive since 1755. Its peak is covered in perennial snow, while nearby Fanthams Peak has none at all. Image: © CNES 2004-2011 – Distribution Astrium Services / SPOT Image”

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