By: Louk Vreeswijk

Jul 06 2014

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Category: New Zealand, Oceania

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This large steaming lake probably owes its name of Champagne Pool to the bubbles caused by the escape of carbon dioxide at the surface. The water is hot, about 75° C., and contains many minerals like gold, silver, mercury, sulphur, arsenic, thallium, and antimony. Their deposits on the sides of the lake, just under the surface of the water, create the deep orange ledge all around.

DSC00228a Wai-O-Tapu thermal wonderland - Champagne Pool - blogsize

It’s amazingly beautiful, but Cheers? I think I would rather prefer a glass of cool sparkling, real champagne!

Photos of the week: Wai-O-Tapu thermal wonderland – Champagne Pool, New Zealand 2013

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