See the video of our visit to White Island:
Past measurements have shown that the ground near the crater has been rising by two or three centimeters every three months for several years, mainly due to an increase in heat in the ground. From our measurements we found that the hottest area of ground near the most active fumaroles had risen up to a maximum of 50mm since the last survey, with the amount of uplift reducing quickly a short distance away. These results show continuity with the long term trend of uplift.
Once our survey was done, Brad and I walked over to the lower of two webcams to give the glass a wipe, as the photos had been getting quite fuzzy due to a build up of dust. There in front of the camera was ‘Dino’ in real life. He is a small dinosaur, apparently famous the world over for having arrived mysteriously to take up residence in full view of White Island’s Crater Webcam some years ago:
Before we returned to the helicopter, we walked through the ruins of the old sulphur mine, where there were rusted machines and derelict buildings. Finally we were ready to leave and as we turned in a wide loop above White Island, I was very impressed to have been able to have had such a close encounter with such a remarkable place.