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Monday, April 02, 2007

Where the "Devil" Lives and Bathes at Rotorua

At Wai-O-Tapu, you will see the Devil’s Home. It is a collapsed crater which underground acid action has caused the ground to give way. You can see the grooves and rough edges caused by the acid erosion. The yellow/green colours on the walls of the crater are caused by the sulphurous fumes arising from beneath , the ground.

My New Zealand Vacation, Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua, Photo10543
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Where the “Devil” lives
Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua, May 2006

I took this photo from another angle which shows a tunnel at the side of this crater. I guess this is where the acidic water had flowed out and caused the ground to collapse.

My New Zealand Vacation, Rotorua, Wai-O-Tapu, Photo10544
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The tunnel leading to the “Devil”
Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua, May 2006

The Devil’s Bath is a large crater and it is an amazing green colour! It took 4 photos to compose below panorama. Where the “home” is a drained-out crater, the “bath” is filled up and it is a result of excess water from the Champagne Pool mixing with the sulphur and ferrous salts in the ground to give the pool its amazing colour.

My New Zealand Vacation, Rotorua, Wai-O-Tapu, Pano12
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Where the “Devil” bathes
Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua, May 2006

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