Mount Doom looks epic even from space! New Zealand’s peak that appeared as a key location in The Lord of the Rings trilogy is captured in a stunning photo taken by the ISS as it orbited 264 miles above the Earth
- An astronaut aboard the International Space Station captured an image 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 where it can be destroyed.
- The epic image shows the crater lake of the mountains at the top, surrounded by snow
Mount Ruapehu, also known as the fictional Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, was captured in an epic image by an unnamed astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as it flew over New Zealand, providing an image rarely seen direct downward view of the summit and surrounding national park.
The image was captured more than 264 miles above the Earth’s surface and shows the snow-capped mountain and its crater lake on top that appears as a small circle – the crater is actually 492 feet deep.
Mount Doom was a volcano where the One Ring was created and is the only place where it can be destroyed and experts fear it will live up to its stage name as several warnings have been issued this year. a potential eruption.
The volcanic mountain recently emitted carbon dioxide from the crater lake and may soon erupt, which would be devastating for the area’s population of over 12,000.
The image was captured more than 264 miles above the Earth’s surface and shows the snow-capped mountain and its crater lake at the top appearing as a small circle – the crater is actually 492 feet deep.
Mount Ruapehu, located in New Zealand’s Tongariro National Park, is 9,177 feet tall and is the tallest mountain on the North Island.
Near the summit is Crater Lake (Te Wai ā-moe), which is heated by a hydrothermal system inside the volcano and remains warm all year round, but temperatures will fluctuate as activity begins to ferment inside. of the volcano.
“Since 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 critical to detecting impending volcanic activity,” according to NASA’s Earth Observatory.
Mount Ruapehu has been dormant since 2011, but only started showing signs of agitation last March: volcanologists have detected moderate tremors.
Mount Doom was a volcano where the One Ring was created and is the only place where it can be destroyed and experts fear it will live up to its stage name as several warnings have been issued this year. a potential eruption
Experts fear the mountain may soon erupt, as they have detected unrest. Several tremors were identified in March and June, triggering a Level 2 alert
In June, researchers detected a brief period of strong volcanic tremor, triggering a Level 2 alarm, meaning unrest was detected.
The alert was then lifted in July as temperatures and emissions dropped to a low believed to be safe.
From 1995 to 1996, Mount Ruapehu underwent several eruptions that produced more than seven million tons of ash in total.
The eruptions also caused the three ski fields on the mountain to close, costing the region about $ 100 million in lost revenue.
Along with fears of an eruption, the area is plagued by the climate crisis that brought an unusually hot and humid winter during the peak ski season.
From 1995 to 1996, Mount Ruapehu underwent several eruptions that produced more than seven million tons of ash in total. Pictured is one of the 1996 eruptions
The Battle of the Black Gate took place beneath Mount Doom in the final installation of The Lord of the Rings
The area is on track for one of its warmest winters and as a result the ski huts have been forced to close.
Tūroa, a ski field on the southwestern side of Mount Ruapehu, operates only five of its eight chairlifts, which usually see 11,000 people per hour, but the lodge now has fewer than half of visitors, Newshub reports.
The Whakapapa ski area, located on the northwestern side of the mountain, only has the Happy Valley and Sky Waka cable car open before what would be a busy ski season.
A Tonkin + Taylor climate change risk assessment suggests that the area’s tourism sector could be in danger by the end of the century due to decreasing snow cover.