Acid lake atop real-life ‘Mount Doom’ captured in striking new image from space station

An astronaut photograph of Mount Ruapehu taken on Sept. 23, 2021. The highly acidic hydrothermal lake, known as Crater Lake, can be seen  at the summit of the active stratovolcano. (Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory)

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An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has snapped a stunning image of a snow-circled hydrothermal lake atop the real-life “Mount Doom” in New Zealand.

Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand’s largest active volcano and the setting used to film Mount Doom in “The Lord of the Rings” movies, sits at the heart of Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the center of New Zealand’s North Island. Other parts of the park were also used to portray the evil realm of Mordor in Peter Jackson’s cinematic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic.

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