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New Zealand: the mountain steams, the water steams

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Frying Pan Lake in the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley on New Zealand’s North Island is “deadly scalding and one of the largest hot springs in the world.” We visited it on March 5th. Below is a closer view of the shallows along one edge of the lake.

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September 13, 2017 at 5:02 AM

New Zealand: Water colors at Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley

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On our 2015 New Zealand trip we’d visited two geothermal attractions in the Rotorua area but had run out of time for more. On March 5th of this year we spent a few hours at a third one, the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley. How about the vivid color of the water at Inferno Crater Lake? And look at the very different color of another lake there:

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May 7, 2017 at 5:01 AM

New Zealand: Two steam-capped geothermal sites

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Today marks the beginning of the fifth and last set of photographs from the great February visit to New Zealand.

The first picture is from Te Puia on February 23rd. I expected to see areas of yellow attributable to sulfur, but the pale reddish rocks farther out came as a surprise.

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And speaking of colors, how about the green and orange that I found together along one margin of the Champagne Pool at Wai-O-Tapu on February 24th?

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July 7, 2015 at 5:21 AM

New Zealand: Yet another pair of geothermal formations at Te Puia on February 23rd

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June 15, 2015 at 5:35 AM

New Zealand: Two more geothermal formations from Te Puia on February 23rd

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Geothermal Formation at Te Puia 6875

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June 14, 2015 at 5:31 AM

New Zealand: Elephantine

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Geothermal Formation at Te Puia 6842

On February 23rd I spent a few hours at Te Puia, one of the geothermal attractions in Rotorua. Of the rock surfaces there, this one particularly fascinated me with its “eye” and its texture, both of which now strike me as elephantine.

UPDATE: I should have noted that there are four pronunciations for the word elephantine, which you’ll see listed (and can listen to by clicking the little speaker icons) at Oxford Dictionaries.

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June 12, 2015 at 5:31 AM

New Zealand: Sulfur and steam

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Geothermal Formation at Te Puia 6938

Here begins the fourth and penultimate installment of photographs from the great February trip to Aotearoa, known in English as New Zealand.

At Te Puia, one of the geothermal attractions in Rotorua, I photographed this formation on February 23rd. Yellow is generally an indication of sulfur, and steam is generally an indication of hot water.

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June 11, 2015 at 5:17 AM

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