Sulphur Springs, Saint Lucia

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Sulfur Springs
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Sulfur Springs
Location Soufrière, Saint Lucia
Coordinates 13°50′17″N 61°02′46″W / 13.838°N 61.046°W / 13.838; -61.046Coordinates: 13°50′17″N 61°02′46″W / 13.838°N 61.046°W / 13.838; -61.046
Sulphur Springs, Saint Lucia is located in Saint Lucia
Sulphur Springs, Saint Lucia
Location in Saint Lucia

Sulphur Springs is the "world's only drive in volcano"; it is located in Saint Lucia towards the southwestern side of the island, near Soufrière (French for Sulfur).

Springs[edit]

The creation of the sulfur springs, came from a weak spot in the crust of the enormous collapsed crater creating an upheaval of lava 410,000 years ago. The water located at the center of the springs boils at roughly 340 Fahrenheit (170 Celsius) creating large plumes of steam. The water coming out of the spring is blackened by a chemical reaction between the high content of sulfur and iron. The spring water also contains large deposits of copper, iron oxide, alkaline lead, calcium oxide, and carbon.

Tourist Attraction[edit]

The Sulfur Springs are a popular tourist destination in St Lucia[1] due to their ability for tourists to literally drive up to the edge of the springs. Up until the mid-1990s, tourists were able to walk right up to the end of the tar-colored pits. Following an accident where a local tour guide named Gabriel fell through the crust into a pit and received third degree burns over most of his body, the formation of what is now known as Gabriel's Hole has restricted viewing to a platform a few hundred feet away. [2]

A couple of hundred yards downstream from the springs, the water temperature is still hot (around 110 Fahrenheit or 45 Celsius), but cool enough for tourists to enter and give themselves a mud bath. These mud baths are believed by some to contain medical purposes [3] and are used by some tourists and locals for said reasons.

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