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is an active stratovolcano
or composite cone in New Zealand
, made from layers of lava and tephra
. It is the youngest vent in the Tongariro
volcanic complex on the Central Plateau
of the North Island
, and first erupted about 2,500 years ago. Although seen by most as a volcano in its own right, it is technically a secondary cone of Mount Tongariro.
The volcano lies between the active volcanoes of Mount Tongariro to the north and Mount Ruapehu
to the south, to the west of the Rangipo Desert
and 25 kilometres to the south of the southern shore of Lake Taupo
.n 1974, as part of a promotional campaign for his sponsor Moët & Chandon
, champion skier Jean-Claude Killy
was filmed skiing down the previously unskied eastern slope of the mountain. The average slope on this side of the volcano is 35 degrees, and Killy was caught on radar skiing more than 100 miles per hour. As he fell on the first run, he did the descent twice.[citation needed
Mount Ngauruhoe was used as a stand-in for the fictional Mount Doom
in Peter Jackson
's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy
, achieving worldwide exposure.
The model is created at a scale of 1:50,000 with 2x vertical exaggeration. It features a built-in base, so it sits perfectly on a desk or in a frame.
Model Data Sources: ESA, LINZ