Te Puia o Whakaari it is called by the Māori, White Island by the later inhabitants. And it is the first correct answer to this weeks Sheepy Dalek Name that Lava XIX. The volcano whose upper part is now know as White Island is over 2 million years old. it got its “european” name by James Cook who discovered it sailing through the Bay of Plenty 1769 and it got its name because it was always covered in white clouds. He did not notice it was a volcano.
White Island is erupting quite frequently. The eruptions in 1981 and 1983 formed a crater lake and destoyed lagre parts of the Pōhutukawa forrest. An eruption in 2000 formed a new crater and covered the whole island with a layer of ash.
Today the volcano is a tourist attraction but the number of visitors is strictly limited.
Just recently the island was set to alert level yellow as you can see on the page about it by GeoNet.
3 GeoNet webcams One showing the crater; Two Whakatane; Three on the rim.
Another webcam can be found here. Images are taken every 30 minutes.
You can book a tour onto the Island.
Here is the image again!
1. Name two lavas on the picture.
2. Name the volcano.
3. Name the countries most famous cultural celebrity.
Lisa identified a similar image.
Winners and answers:
DFMorvan 1 point for White Island.
Lisa 1 point for Peter Jackson who is premierily famous for not making the movie Silver Surfer. He was so miffed at it that he had Legolas surf on a shield instead.
KarenZ 1 point for Whakaari.
Spica 1 point for Te Puia o Whakaari.
Diana Barnes 1 point for being down and Dirty with the lavas.”
5 Diana Barnes
|2 Doug Merson
2 Stephanie Alice Halford
|1 Inge B
1 Heather B
1 Henri le Revenant
1 Alan C
Claude Grandpey recently pubished an article, on his blog ”Claude Grandpey – LA PASSION DES VOLCANS / A PASSION FOR VOlCANOES“, warning that the alert level was raised due to increased hydrothermal activity on the island.
And now to the solution of “The Evil One´s” riddle!”:
Give me a short-back-and-sides and you will make me cry!
Who will cry?
What is the Evil One on about?
Chyphria found the correct answers. 2 points to her.
3 Henri le Revenant
Quote from Wikipedia: “Pele’s hair ( is a geological term for volcanic glass threads or fibers formed when small particles of molten material are thrown into the air and spun out by the wind into long hair-like strands. The diameter of the strands is less than 0.5 mm, and they can be as long as 2 meters. Pele’s hair is deep yellow or gold and commonly found downwind from active vents. Pele’s hair is named after Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes.“
More info: University of Hawaii
Quote from Wikipedia:”Pele’s tears is a geological term for small pieces of solidified lava drops formed when airborne particles of molten material fuse into tearlike drops of volcanic glass. Pele’s tears are jet black in color and are often found on one end of a strand of Pele’s hair.”
More info: Instant Hawaii
I hope you enjoyed the riddles
All images were found on Wikimedia Commons