Even Mount Dom looks legendary from space! New Zealand’s peak featured as a key location in the Lord of the Rings trilogy was captured in a stunning photo from the International Space Station as it orbits 264 miles above Earth.
- An astronaut aboard the International Space Station took a picture of Mount Ruapehu in New Zealand
- This mountain is known as ‘Mount Doom’ in the Lord of the Ring trilogy, as it was the place where the One Ring was created and the only place it could be destroyed.
- The epic image shows the crater lake of the mountains at the summit, surrounded by snow
The New Zealand mountain that appeared in the fictional trilogy of Mount Dom in The Lord of the Rings was captured from 264 miles above Earth in a stunning image taken aboard the International Space Station.
Mount Ruapehu is photographed from an angle that rarely shows the tip of its entire 9,177-foot summit, as well as the surrounding national park.
The photo was taken more than 264 miles above the ground and shows the snow-capped mountain and crater lake at the top that look like a small circle – the crater is actually 492 feet deep.
Mount Doom was the volcano where the One Ring was created and is the only place it could be destroyed and experts fear it will live up to its name as many warnings of a possible eruption have been issued this year.
The volcanic mountain recently released carbon dioxide from its crater lake and could soon erupt which could be devastating to the area’s population of more than 12,000 people.
The image was taken more than 264 miles above the ground and shows the snow-capped mountain and crater lake at the top that looks like a small circle – the crater is actually 492 feet deep.
Located in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand, Mount Ruapehu is 9,177 feet tall and is the highest mountain on the North Island.
Near the summit lies Crater Lake (Te Wai ā-moe), which is heated by a hydrothermal system within the volcano, and stays warm all year round, but temperatures will fluctuate as activity begins to prepare inside the volcano.
According to NASA Earth Observatory, because Crater Lake is the only geologically active part of the stratovolcano visible at the surface, changes in the lake’s water temperatures and gas emissions are key to detecting impending volcanic activity.
Mount Ruapehu has been dormant since 2011, but it began to show signs of unrest only last March – volcanologists have detected moderate tremors.
Mount Doom was the volcano where the One Ring was created and is the only place it could be destroyed and experts fear it will live up to its name as several warnings of a possible eruption have been issued this year.
Experts fear that the mountain may erupt soon, as they have detected the disturbance. Several tremors were identified in March and June, resulting in a Level 2 alert
In June, researchers detected a brief period of strong volcanic tremor, which triggered a Level 2 alert, meaning that disturbances were detected.
The warning was then dropped in July when temperatures and emissions fell to a low level considered safe.
From 1995 to 1996, Mount Ruapehu experienced several volcanic eruptions that produced over seven million tons of ash in total.
The eruptions also shut down the mountain’s three ski fields, costing the area an estimated $100 million in lost revenue.
Besides fears of an eruption, the area suffers from a climate crisis that has led to unusually warm and humid winters during peak ski season.
From 1995 to 1996, Mount Ruapehu experienced several volcanic eruptions that produced over seven million tons of ash in total. The photo is one of the 1996 explosions
The Battle of the Black Gate took place under Mount Dom in the final installment of The Lord of the Rings
The area is on track for one of its hottest winters, and the ski lodges had to close as a result.
Tūroa, a ski field on the southwest side of Mount Ruapehu, used to operate only five of the eight chairlifts, which usually handle 11,000 people an hour — but the lodge now holds less than half the visitors, Newshub reports.
Located on the northwest slope of the mountain, the Whakapapa Ski Area has only Happy Valley and Sky Waka gondola open before a busy ski season.
The climate change risk assessment by Tonkin + Taylor suggests that the tourism sector in the regions may be at risk by the end of the century due to diminishing ice.