Where on Earth? - February 2013

Clues for February 2013:
1. Formed over the last 2,500 years, this 900-meter-tall stratovolcano is the youngest eruptive vent in a larger volcanic complex roughly 275,000 years old. Although it is the most historically active volcano in its host country, it has been quiet since 1975, when it ejected about 2 million cubic meters of ash, tephra and volcanic blocks in several hours.
2. The steep-sided andesitic cone is flanked by two neighboring volcanoes, one of which erupted on multiple occasions in 2012. If you visit the trio of peaks, which are popular with skiers, snowboarders, climbers, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts, be sure to heed the “kiwi crossing” road signs.
3. The volcano, which may look docile when dormant and with blue skies in the background, inspired the portrayal of an evil, ominously named and lava-spewing landmark in the recent film adaptations of a well-known trilogy of fantasy novels set in Middle-earth.
Name the volcano and the country in which it's located.
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Answer: Mount Ngauruhoe is New Zealand’s most historically active volcano, although it has been quiet since 1975. The imposing andesitic cone, which inspired the portrayal of Mount Doom in the movie adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, is flanked by two other well-known active volcanoes, Tongariro and Ruapehu. Photo is by Jeremy Pesicek.

February winners
Barbara Gauthier-Warinner (Interlochen, Mich.)
Christian Hardwick (South Jordan, Utah)
Abigail Heath (Franklin, N.H.)
Jay Smerekanicz (New Boston, N.H.)
Richard Willette (Blair, Wis.)
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01 Feb 2013