Published: Wed Feb 28 2018 7:30 AM
The competition is now global and there are plenty of international volcano nerds voting, so once again we need your help to get Taupo through to the final on Friday.
Thanks to the votes from many of our GeoNet followers, Taupo Volcano beat USA’s Mount St Helens in Saturday’s quarter final, and is today up against Teide Volcano in the Canary Islands in the Semi Final. The competition is now global and hot. To vote for Taupo Volcano go to @janinekrippner to find the poll where you can click on Taupo – the voting will run until about 2am tomorrow (Thursday). Remember you can also follow the #VolcanoCup hashtag to learn cool stuff about our hot contenders today.
One very good question we have been asked is ‘what is the prize for winning the Volcano Cup?’. We’ve been so engrossed in the competition that we forgot to mention that there are no new cars or trips to Europe for our Taupo if she wins – the prize is simply the bragging rights that Taupo is the baddest volcano of them all! And perhaps a small plastic trophy if we’re lucky. But probably not.
A bit about today’s competition (but not too much, we don’t want you voting for Teide instead!): Teide is Spain’s highest peak, at 3,178 m, located on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, about 200 km off the north African coast. If you include the bit of the volcano under the water, which is most of it, it is the 3rd highest volcano and 3rd biggest volcano in terms of volume in the world after Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea in Hawaii.
Teide has a very complex history with many different eruptions over the last several million years. Its last eruption was in 1909. Fun fact: Because of its similarities to geological conditions on Mars, Teide National Park has been used to test robotic vehicles before firing them off to the red planet. Teide sounds interesting, but it’s no Taupo.
So get voting New Zealand and let’s beat off this Spanish challenge! If you need reminding why Taupo deserves your vote you can read more about her here.