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New Zealand peak that appeared in Lord of the Rings trilogy is captured in photo shot from ISS

The image was captured over 264 miles above the Earth's surface and shows the snow-covered mountain and its summit crater lake which looks like a small circle - the crater is actually 492 feet deep

Mount Doom even looks epic from space! The peak of New Zealand which appeared as a key location in the Lord of the Rings trilogy is captured in a stunning photo taken from the ISS as it orbited 264 miles above 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 because it is where the One Ring was created and the only place it can be destroyed.
  • The epic image shows the crater lake of the mountains at the top, surrounded by snow

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A New Zealand mountain that appeared as the fictional Mount Doom in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy has been captured 264 miles above Earth in a stunning photograph taken aboard the International Space Station.

Mount Ruapehu was photographed from a rarely seen angle showing the tip of its 9,177ft summit in its entirety, as well as the surrounding national park.

The image was captured over 264 miles above the Earth’s surface and shows the snow-covered mountain and its summit crater lake which looks like a small circle – the crater is actually 492 feet deep .

Mount Doom was a volcano where the single ring was created and is the only place it can be destroyed and experts fear it may live up to its stage name as several warnings of a potential eruption have been issued this year.

The volcanic mountain recently spewed carbon dioxide from the crater lake and could soon erupt, which would be devastating for the area’s population of more than 12,000 people.

The image was captured over 264 miles above the Earth's surface and shows the snow-covered mountain and its summit crater lake which looks like a small circle - the crater is actually 492 feet deep

The image was captured over 264 miles above the Earth’s surface and shows the snow-covered mountain and its summit crater lake which looks like a small circle – the crater is actually 492 feet deep

Mount Ruapehu, located in Tongariro National Park in New Zealand, rises to 9,177 feet and is the highest mountain in the North Island.

Near the summit is Crater Lake (Te Wai ā-moe), which is heated by a hydrothermal system within the volcano, and remains warm year-round, but temperatures fluctuate as activity begins to brew in the volcano. volcano.

“Because Crater Lake is the only geologically active part of the stratovolcano visible at the surface, changes in lake water temperature and gas emissions are critical to detecting impending volcanic activity,” according to the Observatory. Earth from NASA.

Mount Ruapehu has been dormant since 2011, but only started showing signs of unrest last March – volcanologists detected moderate shaking.

Mount Doom was a volcano where the single ring was created and is the only place it can be destroyed and experts fear it may live up to its stage name as several warnings of a potential eruption have been issued this year.

Mount Doom was a volcano where the single ring was created and is the only place it can be destroyed and experts fear it may live up to its stage name as several warnings of a potential eruption have been issued this year.

Experts fear the mountain will erupt soon, as they have detected unrest.  Several tremors were identified in March and June, triggering a level 2 alert

Experts fear the mountain will erupt soon, 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 shaking, triggering a Level 2 alert, meaning unrest has been detected.

The alert was later dropped in July when temperatures and emissions fell to a low level deemed safe.

From 1995 to 1996, Mount Ruapehu experienced several eruptions that produced over seven million tons of ash in total.

The eruptions also caused the closure of the mountain’s three ski areas, costing the region an estimated $100 million in lost revenue.

In addition to fears of an eruption, the region is in the throes of the climate crisis which has resulted in an abnormally warm and humid winter during the peak ski season.

From 1995 to 1996, Mount Ruapehu experienced several eruptions that produced over seven million tons of ash in total.  Pictured is one of the 1996 eruptions

From 1995 to 1996, Mount Ruapehu experienced several eruptions that produced over seven million tons of ash in total. Pictured is one of the 1996 eruptions

The Battle of the Black Gate took place under Mount Doom in the latest episode of The Lord of the Rings

The Battle of the Black Gate took place under Mount Doom in the latest episode of The Lord of the Rings

The region is on track for one of its warmest winters and ski lodges have been forced to close as a result.

The Tūroa, a ski area on the southwest slope of Mount Ruapehu, has only operated five of its eight chairlifts, which typically handle 11,000 people per hour – but the lodge now has less than half of the visitors, reports Newshub.

The Whakapapa ski area, located on the northwest slope of the mountain, only has the Happy Valley and Sky Waka gondola open ahead of what would be a busy ski season.

A climate change risk assessment by Tonkin + Taylor suggests that the region’s tourism sector could be at risk by the end of the century due to dwindling snow cover.

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