Frying Pan Lake

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Frying Pan Lake
Frying Pan Lake NZ.jpg
Location Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley, North Island
Coordinates 38°17′01″S 176°23′42″E / 38.28361°S 176.39500°E / -38.28361; 176.39500Coordinates: 38°17′01″S 176°23′42″E / 38.28361°S 176.39500°E / -38.28361; 176.39500
Basin countries New Zealand
Max. width 200 m (660 ft)
Surface area 3.8 ha (9.4 acres)
Average depth 6 m (20 ft)
Max. depth 20 m (66 ft)
Water volume 200,000 m3 (160 acre·ft)

Frying Pan Lake (renamed Waimangu Cauldron in 1963 though not widely used) is the largest hot spring in the world.[1][2][3] It is located in Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley, New Zealand and maintains a temperature of 50-60°C.[1]


  1. ^ a b Keam, R.F (Nov 1980). "A Bathymetric Survey of the Waimangu Thermal Lakes". NZOI records (New Zealand Oceanographic Institute) 4 (7). OCLC 230922418. 
  2. ^ "Frying Pan Lake – the Biggest Hot Spring in the World". 2012-10-08. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  3. ^ Brock, Thomas D; Brock, M. Louise (December 1970). "The Algae of Waimangu Cauldron (New Zealand): Distribution in Relation to pH". Journal of Phycology 6 (4): 371–375. doi:10.1111/j.1529-8817.1970.tb02410.x. OCLC 5153808750. 

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