4/20/2010

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

I am a very literal person. If you can't show me proof, then don't expect me to accept your theory of time as fact. I don't care who you are. You weren't there. You don't know for certain.

It really, really, really bugs me that a scientist will make his best guess and then hook his thumbs under his lapel, lean back on his heels and pompously
tell me '3 million years ago....'  and think I will take it on faith that he's correct. I will be more inclined to believe a statement of 'We think that 3 million years ago...'

(And don't get on the 'carbon (or whatever the newest type is called) dating' bandwagon either, because an archeological student showed me facts that their first dating were completely wrong. So, if they weren't sure about the first 'sure' dating, how can they be sure they got it right? Or wrong, for that matter. I hope you can see my anal-retentive dilemma.)

At our house, when we see a pompous one on tv spouting 'facts' that happened before recorded history, we all roll our eyes and say 'So they say....' in unison.

That's why I am so glad Hubby took us to Waimangu.  It's my kind of history--recorded with a definite date for all to see. A volcano exploded over the area and all the growth is since 1886. Sadly, the lava and ash covered what was considered 'the 8th wonder of the world'..the pink and white terraces. You can read about it here, it's a kid's version, so it's not bogged down with information.




We took a bus down to lake Rotomahana (Black Lake) where the bus driver got out and went with us to the boat dock. He then proceeded to captain the boat and narrate the tour! (As we were leaving, I heard another tourist mention '...a three hour tour...')


The yellow color is not from sulfur, as most people think. We were told that it is an algae that grows on and around the steaming geyser holes that pop up here and there.

The white is silica.

Our holiday was in the Rotorua area and there is a lot of geo-thermal activity there. Of course, I took lots of photos, so there will be more in later posts.

16 comments:

~Cheryl said...

What a very hand guide to have around! The white silica captured my eye the longest -- amazing!

Deb said...

I'm with you...I need proof...great photos..

Marja said...

I am totally with you Once they were convinced that the earth was flat. So you can't take things on face value
Love the photo's Next summer we are going for the first time to the North Island and roterua is certainly on the list

Ann said...

Did you have a soak in the smelly water which my sister is convinced is good for her.

sheila said...

I love that white silica photo! Interesting!

chitra said...

Informative post!!

Arti said...

the last pic is lovely..never visited such a geological place..a volcano..awesome

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Thanks for the interesting tour! I will go to the link as well; those guides written for children can be very helpful to those of us long past that age. Just enough basic information about something new!

Ronnica said...

I always wonder at how arrogant we really think we are. Intellectuals of all kinds have thought all sorts of wacky things in history...how do we think it's only what WE think that isn't wacky?

Katherine said...

Aha, proof needed. A woman after my own heart. recently I've been thinking of doing a post that combines the ideas of E-Prime and Weasel Words.

ladyfi said...

Fascinating photos! Looks like a great visit. Do you use the geo-thermal energy for power, heating, electricity and stuff like that? (It's big over here in Sweden.)

bettyl said...

Thanks for all your kind comments. It really is awesome for me to see these things for myself.

Ann: Yes, we did go for a soak in the pools.
Marja: We will be glad to tell you the 'good' places to go when you visit!
Lady Fi: Yes, Rotorua does harness the energy for heat and electricity. I'm not sure about other places in NZ.

merinz said...

The Rotorua region is one of my favourite areas. We live not too far away, in Tauranga, and visit there often. So much history and natural sights to enjoy.

Connie said...

Wow! An alien landscape! I too, do not like opinions as facts. Drives me bonkers.

Radka said...

Beautiful blog and photos, have a nice day Radka.

awarewriter said...

Thanks for the tour. Fine photos especially that last one, it's a lovely abstraction. Thanks for dropping by and commenting on my photos.