Geyser, Rotorua, New Zealand

Geyser, Rotorua, New Zealand

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Credit: DR JUERG ALEAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Geyser. Sulphur deposits (yellow) around a fumarole (volcanic vent), with a geyser erupting in the background. This is the Pohutu geyser, in the geothermal area of Whakarewarewa, near Rotorua, on New Zealand's North Island. A geyser is a deep natural well in a geothermal rock fissure. The water is heated by surrounding rocks until it is well over its normal boiling point. The pressure prevents it boiling until a critical temperature when the superheated water spontaneously boils, resulting in the eruption of water vapour seen here. These eruptions repeat periodically.

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