New Zealand has a large number of hot springs, known as ‘waiariki’ in Mãori. Because New Zealand is located on the edge of two tectonic plates of the Earth`s crust, it has a large amount of geothermal activity, meaning there are many natural hot springs around New Zealand to relax and rejuvenate.
Champagne Pool is located about 30 km (20 mi) southeast of Rotorua and about 50 km (30 mi) northeast of Taupo, North Island of New Zealand. The name Champagne Pool is derived from the abundant efflux of carbon dioxide (CO2), similar to a glass of bubbling champagne.
Iceland is well known for its hot springs, it`s richer in hot springs and has more high-temperature activity than any other country in the world. The largest hot spring in Iceland, Deildartunguhver, has a flow of 150 liters (40 gallons) of boiling water per second.
Deildartunguhver is a hotspring in Reykholtsdalur, Iceland. It is the highest-flow hot spring in Europe. Water emerges at 97 °C.
Lake Hévíz is the largest thermal lake in Europe (47,500 square metres in area). The flow of water is very strong and the lake is believed to be completely replenished each day. The waters are reputed to have curative effects. It is located close to Hévíz, Hungary, near the western end of Lake Balaton.
Every major hot spring in North and South America has some record of use by Native Americans, some for over 10,000 years. Native Americans saw hot springs as a sacred healing place.
Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. Terrace Mountain at Mammoth Hot Springs is the largest known carbonate-depositing spring in the world.
Yangbajain is famous for its hot springs, which are used to produce much of the electricity for the capital Lhasa. The Yangbajain hot springs field is at an altitude of 4290 – 4500 m which makes it the highest altitude set of hot springs in China, and possibly the world.
Photo Credits: Champagne Pool; Deildartunguhver; Lake Hévíz; Mammoth Hot Springs and Yangbajain.
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