Orakei Korako, New Zealand

July 20, 2015


Photographer: Marcos Sobral
Summary AuthorMarcos Sobral

July 2015 Viewer's ChoiceOrakei Korako is one of the most active geothermal areas on the North Island of New Zealand. It's found in the Taupo Volcanic Zone. Called "The Place of Adorning" by the Maori and also known as "The Hidden Valley," it's most notable for the series of fault-stepped sinter (silica) terraces, shown above -- the largest of their kind in New Zealand. In addition to the terraces, boiling springs, geysers and mud pools make up the Hidden Valley. Photo taken on June 4, 2006.

Photo details: Camera Model: NIKON D700; Lens: 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8; Focal Length: 24mm (35mm equivalent: 24mm); Digital Zoom:  1; Aperture: ƒ/8.0; Exposure Time: 0.013 s (1/80); ISO equiv: 100; Software: GIMP 2.8.10.