6 Places Where Earth Has Gone Color Crazy – Facts So Romantic

The Grand Prismatic Lake in Yellowstone National Park is rightfully famous for the beautiful colors produced by its unique chemistry. But there are also other places where chemistry and geology combine to create vivid natural colors, in hot springs, rock formations, and even normally monochrome glaciers.

Chinoike Jigoku, or Bloody Hell Pond, is one of a series of linked hot springs in the city of Beppu, in Japan’s Oita Prefecture, known as the Eight Hells. With temperatures in some of the springs reaching as high as 302 degrees Fahrenheit (150 degrees Celsius), the waters are too hot for a relaxing dip, but that doesn’t dissuade tourists who come to marvel at the superheated springs. Bloody Hell Pond gets its distinctive crimson hue and horror-film name from the red clay at its base, which is laden with magnesium oxide and iron oxide.

Chinoike Jigoku (“Bloody Hell Pond”)Wikipedia user 663highland

Bloody Hell Pond isn’t the only one of the Eight Hells that is strikingly colored. Visitors can snack on hard-boiled eggs cooked over the steaming waters of Umi Jigoku, which gets its startling blue coloration from iron sulfate.

Umi JigokuGabriel Rodriguez via Flickr

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