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Artist's Palette - Wai-o-tapu reserve - New Zealand

A view on 'the Artist’s Palette', a viewing area over the 'Champagne Pool' which provides the opportunity to see minerals depositing as hot water flows out of the Pool. The water flows across the flats until its temperature drops before continuing to a valley where the mineral silica has facilitated the formation of sinter terraces.

This pool is 62 m deep. Its surface temperature is 74 °C and bubbles due to carbon dioxide. The pool was formed 700 years ago by a hydrothermal eruption. Minerals contained in the water include gold, silver, mercury, sulphur, arsenic, thallium and antimony. They are depositing in the surrounding sinter ledge.

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Additional Photos by Michel Detay (mdetay) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 487 W: 1 N: 1045] (4929)
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