Frying Pan Lake, IN FACT, is the World’s Largest Hot Spring
Do you have any idea about the largest hot spring in the world? I’m sure an image of a Japanese hot spring pops up in your mind right away. However, the world’s largest hot spring is located far from Japan, I’m talking about Frying Pan Lake in New Zealand. Despite the weather conditions and historical ups and downs, Frying Pan Lake has retained its inherent beauty and nature. Let’s follow The Broad Life to explore this stunning attraction!
The Formation of Frying Pan Lake New Zealand
Frying Pan Lake is located in the Waimangu volcanic rift valley in the city of Rotorua, New Zealand, and is known as the youngest geothermal system in the world. With an area of about 38,000m2, this hot lake looks like part of a crater with a flat floor 6m deep and vents that can be up to 20m deep.
Many acid springs supply the lake and make the water dangerously hot with an average temperature of 45-55oC. Therefore, it is dangerous to take a relaxing dip or even dip your toes in the lake. Of course, you shouldn’t swim in Frying Pan Lake too.
In 1886, Mount Tarawera erupted and set the record as the largest volcanic eruption in New Zealand. The event caused great damage and killed hundreds of people. This historic eruption created a vast crater that was later filled with acid springs. 130 years later, the world has a new hot spring forming famously boiling in New Zealand – Frying Pan Lake.
Frying Pan Lake Hot Spring
Like a pan on a burning stove, the Frying Pan Lake remains in a state that looks like it is boiling. It continues to release steam and various gases with the help of magma located somewhere near the plane of the lake.
Besides the steam and major gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S), you will also easily notice the natural chimney by the lake. The lake’s pH in water is 3.5 on average. In other words, the lake is acidic and unsafe for visitors.
Tourists can find blue or green algae growing on both sides of the lake. They produce orange keratin in the water for protection from UV rays.
In addition, Frying Pan Lake is also home to many thermophilic bacteria such as bacteria living in extremely hot temperatures or unicellular archaea. Particularly, most of the creatures that lived in this lake are thought to have lived the earliest lives on Earth.
Explore Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Not only the largest hot spring in the world, but Waimangu valley also has many other famous tourist attractions. You can also visit Emerald Lakes, Warbrick Terrace, or Inferno Crater Lake with temperatures that can reach up to 74oC.
For those who want to visit the world’s largest hot spring and other sites in Waimangu, you can opt for guided nature walks. You will witness many other wonderful landscapes such as geysers, lakes, craters, bird populations, and plants.
Additionally, you can follow the crater paths, go hiking, or take a cruise at Lake Rotomahana. This is the perfect place to watch the thermal action right on the lakeshore and promises to make your journey a breathtaking adventure.
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