|The Primrose Terrace, not a lake but a large mineral deposit|
The Champagne pool is 65 metres across and 62 deep, with a surface temperatures of 74°C. I love the look of the steam rising off its surface, which is also quite the experience in real life, since it's (unsurprisingly) warm and pungent. A steam bath is not quite what you want on a hot summer's day, but we couldn't resist lingering around the rim for plenty of photos.
The colours of the lake are due to mineral deposits including gold, silver, mercury, sulphur, arsenic, thallium, and antimony, and the crust around the lake is due to earthquake activity (the lake itself was formed only 700 years ago in a hydrothermic eruption). These photos, by the way, have not been enhanced - it really is that colour!
The Champagne Pool is probably the most spectacular sight in the park, but by no means the only feature. Nearby, for example, is the "Devil's Bath", which owes its bright colours to overflow water from the Champagne Pool mixing with sulphur and ferrous salts in its crater.
|The Frying Pan Flat, possibly|
|The Devil's Home, a collapsed crater where the devil hangs out between baths|
|Jules and one of the Devil's Ink Pots, mud pools coloured with crude oil and graphite.|
|The Inferno Crater|
|The Jean Batten Geyser. The first woman to fly both ways between Australia and England, she must have been particularly honoured to have this named after her instead of the devil.|
|Jules by the Alum Cliffs|