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Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
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Banks Peninsula, New Zealand

 (JPG) Banks Peninsula, New Zealand (214,827 bytes) ( 1,446 x 803 )
The Banks Peninsula, New Zealand was created by volcanic activity in the Miocene epoch about 10 million years ago. It is located off the east coast of South Island, about 80 km from Christchurch, the largest city on South Island. This stunning feature was created by the combined effects of glacial erosion and water erosion. The name of the peninsula comes from Sir Joseph Banks, a British biologist who sailed with Captain Cook. Now the peninsula is maintained as a tourist site. Akaroa city and harbor is the only place in New Zealand where the French colonized. The image was acquired on November 10, 2006, covers an area of about 60 x 60 km, and is located near 43.6 degrees south latitude, 172.9 degrees east longitude.

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Banks Peninsula, New Zealand Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
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Please give credit for these images to:
NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems,
and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team

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