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Picture 220, originally uploaded by espeedy123.

We visited several parks near Rotorua that feature odd geothermal phenomena. Here’s a photo of a steaming lake that has orange stuff in it, probably silica or minerals or something.

Michael will kill me for posting this but when we first got up this particular morning I thought he had gas but it was just the naturally occurring sulfur in the air (or at least that’s what he told me)!

I told my mom this and she said she’d remembered hearing of an entire village in Africa wiped out at some point from a poisonous gas leak out of the earth. I can now understand how that might occur.

Right now we are in Wellington, which is on a major fault line. We hear it’s overdue for a quake. Good thing we are leaving in a couple hours!