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Wai-O-Tapu National Park - New Zealand

The Champagne Pool is considered of international importance and the most striking hot spring within New Zealand. It covers an area of about 3000 square meters and occupies a 700 year old explosion crater. The name comes from the fact that the water is Champagne coloured and bubbles as carbon dioxide is discharged into the pool. The surface water temperature of 74°C can generate a hot steam that adds atmosphere to the walk around the pool’s side. Among the many minerals being deposited in the rock that surrounds the pool are antiimony, mercury, thallium, gold and silver. The path continues past other craters including Bird’s Nest Crater which has been adopted by certain species of birds as an egg incubator and the Devil’s Bath which has it’s own unique colour.

Picture taken using a fisheye 10.5mm

Please enjoy some geothermal colors!

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Additional Photos by Michel Detay (mdetay) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 493 W: 1 N: 1025] (4865)
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