CHAMPAGNE POOL

Long Durational Natural Phenomenon

Existence of Champagne Pool

Duration: 900 years

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Cover photograph CC BY-SA 3.0 Matthew Field

Photograph CC BY-SA 3.0 Christian Mehlführer

Champagne Pool is a prominent geothermal feature within the Waiotapu geothermal area in the North Island of New Zealand. The terrestrial hot spring is located about 30 kilometers (20 miles) southeast of Rotorua and about 50 kilometers (30 miles) northeast of Taupo. The name "Champagne Pool" is derived from the abundant efflux of carbon dioxide (similar to a glass of bubbling champagne) that exists in the hot spring. The hot spring was formed 900 years ago by a hydrothermal eruption, making it a relatively young system in geological terms. Its crater is around 65 meters (213 feet) in diameter with a maximum depth of approximately 62 meters (203 feet) and is filled with an estimated volume of 50,000 cubed meters (1,800,000 cubic feet) of geothermal fluid.

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