An acid lake above the realistic “Mount Dom” captured in a stunning new image from the space station

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

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An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has captured a stunning photo of a snow-circled hydrothermal lake above the realistic ‘Mount Dome’ in New Zealand.

Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand’s largest activist volcano The location used to portray Mount Doom in the films “The Lord of the Rings” is in the heart of Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the center of New Zealand’s North Island. Other parts of the park were also used to depict the evil world of Mordor in Peter Jackson’s cinematic adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s fantasy epic.