Fuming craters, mountains, lakes

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Jun 15 2014

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Category: New Zealand, Oceania

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Although the Earth most probably isn’t the only planet in the universe on which life has been able to develop – life of which we humans form a part – , it is and remains a miraculous little globe. When we then observe on this same Earth volcanic phenomena from close by, and realize that life can only manifest itself in the waters and on the hard crust of this internally boiling planet, the whole thing becomes even more extraordinary.

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, New Zealand 2013

Waimangu Volcanic Valley – Frying Pan Lake, New Zealand 2013

The lake at the foot of the fuming mountain slope is locally called Frying Pan Lake. The steaming water seems to boil, but the temperature at the surface is only 50° C. The boiling effect is caused by carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide gasses bubbling up.

Photo of the week: Wai-O-Tapu thermal wonderland, New Zealand 2013

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