Loading ...

Towering ‘ice volcano’ becomes very nice attraction in Kazakhstan

Towering ‘ice volcano’ becomes very nice attraction in Kazakhstan

Towering ‘ice volcano’ becomes very nice attraction in Kazakhstan image
0

A spectacular so-called “ice volcano” has become a popular tourist attraction and social media sensation in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where crowds are gathering each day to watch the 13.7-metre (45-foot) mound blow hot steam from its frosty top.

The ice volcano is caused by an underground hot spring that occasionally launches hot water and steam into the air. The water freezes around the edges and builds up around the spout, forming a hollow mound with a steaming top resembling a volcano.

Read more: Extremely rare yellow lobster caught off Maine’s coast

In other words, there is no lava involved with this volcano, although it’s still powered by geothermal forces.

Locals have been flocking to the site to capture photos and videos of the spout for weeks.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by ✈ Әуедегі қыз (@himmelvind)

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Irina Mironova (@irina0328)

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by МЕНЕДЖЕР🔸️ PHOENIX🔸️ШОУ АЛМАТЫ (@ekaterina_bugrova91)

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Наиль (@nail_negmetzhan)

Kazakhstan’s official tourism Twitter account shared a story about the volcano earlier this week. It also added the hashtag “Visit Kazakhstan” — although that’s a bit difficult to do right now in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more: Geode found with 'Cookie Monster' face inside

North Americans who want to catch a glimpse of an ice volcano can still do so closer to home. Several smaller cones have reportedly formed on the Great Lakes between Canada and the U.S. in recent weeks. The cones are much smaller than the one in Kazakhstan, and they are fed by waves under the ice, rather than erupting hot springs.

The North American cones often form in the depths of winter, so you might be able to see them next year if you miss them in February.

Very nice.

Categories Tags!
      Advertiment
        Write a Comment
        Advertiment
        arrow