Lahar, harr and ha-ha by Angela Caldin

I’ve been learning some new words recently down here in New Zealand so I thought I’d share them. A Force of Nature On a recent visit to Ohakune and the volcano Mount Ruapehu in the central North Island, I discovered that there’s something called a lahar which is a Javanese word for a type of mudflow or debris flow composed of a mixture of volcanic material, rocky debris, and water. The material flows down from a volcano, usually along a river valley making a fast moving, deep and extremely destructive river of mud… Read More