Sunday, January 4, 2015

Day Four 2015 Orakei Korako Cave and Geo Thermal Park

Went for a wonderful walk today around the Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park which is between Taupo and Rotorua. Orakei Korako means 'The place of adorning'. 20 million litres of hot water flow over the 'silica' (a hard, unreactive, colorless compound that occurs as the mineral quartz and as a principal constituent of sandstone and other rocks) terraces everyday. So the silica in the hot water flows from the geysers and as the water cools, it crystallises into terraces and pools, forming giant staircases or waterfalls.

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