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The Frying Pan Lake in Waimangu, New Zealand, is one of the largest hot pools in the world. Its acidic waters stay at about 50–60° centigrade all round the year, and its surface remains obscured by steam, carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide gas bubbling to the surface.

The lake was born out of a large volcanic eruption in 1886, when Mount Tarawera erupted and formed several large craters in the area. It was the largest eruption in New Zealand since the arrival of Europeans. The eruption ripped through the valley destroying many precious geographic landmarks such as the renowned Pink and White Terraces, but also gave the Waimangu Valley its many hydrothermal and geothermal features.

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