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Champagne Pool, New Zealand/Volcanoes

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Champagne Pool, New Zealand/Volcanoes

A thick sinter crust, called ‘artist’s palette’, surrounds the steaming Champagne Pool, a 60-metre deep crater torn open during a volcanic explosion in the geothermal region named Wai-O-Tapu on the North Island of New Zealand 900 years ago. The spring water in the basin measures 75 degrees Celsius, and heat-loving bacteria cover the crust, mostly antimony minerals which give it its orange-red colour. (aerial view)