• Artists Palette Wai O Tapu Sulphur

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    Artists Palette Wai O Tapu Sulphur Wai-O-Tapu (Māori for "Sacred Waters") is an active geothermal area just north of the Reporoa caldera in New Zealand's Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area has many hot springs noted for their colourful appearance. Prior to European occupation the area was the homeland of the Ngati Whaoa tribe who descended from those on the Arawa waka (canoe). The area also has a long history as a tourist attraction. While the area has been protected as a scenic reserve since 1931, a tourist operation occupies part of the reserve under a concession. After destruction of the Pink and White terraces in lake Rotomahana by the 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera, touristic focus in the area shifted to Wai-O-Tapu which had the largest remaining sinter terrace in New Zealand. Wai-O-Tapu is located on the northern perimeter of the Reporoa caldera. This caldera is approximately 1x15 km in size and was formed 23 years ago during a massive eruption which emplaced 1 cubic kilometers of breccia (ash and pumice) referred to as the Kaingaroa Ignimbrites. These are over 3m thick in places. Around the time of the Kaharoa eruption of nearby Tarawera (8 years ago) a number of large hydrothermal eruptions occurred in Wai-O-Tapu. Drill holes at Wai-O-Tapu show that the current source of heat is located under the N margin of Reporoa and the S part of Wai-O-Tapu.
    Rob Weaver
    Rob Weaver
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