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By IRIS KEEGAN From Ohakune, a central junction of the North Island, the mountain of which we hear and read about so often lately while it is in eruption, is clearly seen. For years I have admired this snowy giant, for in winter the snow makes the peaks very beautiful, while in summer only the highest portions are covered, leaving the lower slopes the deep purple that far-distant hills seem to have. Ruapehu has various moods. Sometimes it appears friendly with gay clouds circling . round its summit, the snow gleaming against a background of pure blue. At other times it shows sullen, the clouds having darkened, hiding the blueness and shrouding the peaks so that we can see no more of them for the day. Now, this mpuntain is a source of interest, for recently it has become active. Vapour pours from* its central crater, rising thousands of feet into the

air and forming a most impressive spectacle. Lately the crater has increased its activity. The smoke belches forth continuously in large clouds. Frequently the outpourings are pure white, other times dark and somewhat forbidding. Recently the ash has tended to blow over this side of the mountain, marring the snowy slopes with its blackness. On fine mornings, when the sun is rising from behind Ruapehu, the sight is wonderful, with the steam, mountains and early mist all coloured with the soft pink of the dawn. At night, too, the moon makes the snow glisten and sparkle, and I have seen what looked like tiny sparks, but were actually boulders, rise quite high, forced up with the vapour, showing clearly ui the night.

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RUAPEHU SPECTACLE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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RUAPEHU SPECTACLE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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