Devil's Bath

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Comments (15)

Brandon_Belew on November 15, 2007

Mmmmm... looks like split pea soup! Did you see any chunks of ham floating around in it? ;-)

Marilyn Whiteley on November 15, 2007

Green water for Ainars.

May Margrit B. (Swis… on November 15, 2007

Interesting, Marilyn! Do you know anything about the water's colour? Very strange! People obviously have chosen this name, because they too think, it's strange. Maybe some minerals. I like the reflection of the trees. You have a fine collection from New Zealand and Australia. Thank you for sharing it!

My best wishes, May

Marilyn Whiteley on November 15, 2007

Thanks for visiting, both of you. I wouldn't recommend sampling, Brandon, because--in answer to May's question--the colour is the result of a high arsenic content!

I found it a rather bilious shade but was so intrigued that I tried my best to get a picture. I wasn't going to post it, however, until today I saw Ainars' shot (the link's above) of a similar colour water in a very different context.

Cheers, Marilyn

© Carsten on November 15, 2007

Arsenic content ? What happened there ? Was there any chemical plant around ? This is strange. And the color is very mystic. Did it smell ? What did the people say ? Or is it of natural cause ?


a very confused Carsten

Marilyn Whiteley on November 15, 2007

I can't give you the scientific explanation, Carsten, but at this and many other areas of thermal activity (with geysers, hot springs, terraces, mud pots, etc.), there are lots of minerals present in the water. They often lead to colourful deposits like this and this, and sometimes colour the water as at the Devil's Bath.

The smell? Since sulphur is very frequently present, that is the prevailing smell, though actually it wasn't as strong here as I expected.

Greetings, Marilyn

Lecleire Jacques on November 16, 2007

Wauw, very dangerous...

Ainars M -2 on November 16, 2007

Thank You for great 'green' sample! :) Indeed, this pool looks very exotic!

So far I seen only organic (mostly by plants) polluted pools, but never seen before such 'poison green' coloured chemistry!

Some hot springs are recomended and healthy to take baths, but I am in doubths this green water drops are ever recommended to touch?

Looks more like dragon tears!

Wallace Rivera on November 16, 2007

Hi, now I know from where the Ninja Turtles come from. Nice shot and great contrast. :)

Marilyn Whiteley on November 16, 2007

Thank you, Jacques, Ainars, and Wallace. No, I wouldn't recommend bathing here!

And a note to Carsen: In conversation with someone you've described the urban/industruial area where you live. That shows in your question about the cause of this. If you look at the photo location map for this, you'll see that it's in an area of trees and pastures for cattle and sheep. Not much industry for a long, long way!!


© Carsten on November 17, 2007

Hi Marilyn, thank you for your comment on that. You are right I live in an indusrial area and it is logic for me to suspect behind every strange nature "behaviour" a problem caused by industry. But it is very intersting to see that nature itself produces this poison. I tried to get information in wikipedia about this fact but it is very difficult. But from the distance of a safe monitor in my house I can see the color green more in its dabgerous beauty. Very strange, I know. It is a good photo, once again, but knowing now what it is makes it even better when I see the relexions in the "water".

Grretings from Wuppertal (surrounded by so many cities),


Tjeert.Mensinga © on November 20, 2007

Hi Marilyn Yes this is another green here the water is green ,but with duck weed the water under the weed is clear, it is a nice picture i have never seen this before,but i think it's better to swim in duck weed!

best regards Tjeert!

Marilyn Whiteley on November 20, 2007

Yes, Tjeert, duck weed would be much better than this for a swim! Best wishes, Marilyn

VIKTOR HERMAN on February 19, 2009

Very nice picture, mysterious green..... Greetings from Czech rep.

Marilyn Whiteley on March 29, 2009

Thanks, Viktor, for visiting the mysterious green pool. Greetings from Canada.

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  • Uploaded on November 15, 2007
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2007/09/21 19:17:55
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 16.38mm
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    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: -0.70 EV
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