Wai-O-Tapu wonderland

Tony Middleton

Joined May 2007

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Wai-O-Tapu (Māori for “Sacred Waters”) is an active geothermal area just north of the Reporoa caldera in New Zealand’s Taupo Volcanic Zone.

Here the lake is formed by the surfacing of one of the largest hot springs in the area. It is roughly circular with a diameter of 65 m and a depth of 62 m. The surface temperature of the water is 74 °C and bubbles of carbon dioxide can be seen continuously rising to the surface, giving the pool its name.

The pool’s distinctive orange edge is caused by the minerals orpiment and realgar, both sulphides of arsenic.

EOS A2, Fuji Velvia 50.
©T.Middleton2008


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