Springs are scattered from all parts of the Earth. A spring is a point where groundwater flows out of the ground,
and is thus where the aquifer surface meets the ground surface. Hot springs are famous resorts from all over the
world for their therapeutic effect on many illnesses and diseases.
Here are some of the most unusual and bizarre natural springs from the seven continents.
Kamuiwakka Falls: Japan
Looking for a unique hot spring? This site is suitable for you – the Kamuiwakka Falls. This spot is a natural hot
spring fall in Shriretoko National Park in Japan. The site is a popular tourist destination. It is one of the most
remote regions in all of Japan; much of the peninsula is only accessible on foot or by boat. The park’s hot springs
waterfall name means “water of the gods” in Ainu.
Deception Island: Antarctica
Even the frozen continent of Antarctica contains hot springs. Quite unusual but it exists, it is located in Deception
Island. A recently active volcano’s eruptions in 1967 and 1969 caused serious damage to the scientific stations
there. The only current research bases are run by the Argentine Army and Spain.
Yangbajing Hot Springs: Tibet
The Yangbajing is famous for its hot springs field. It is several square kilometers in size, and used to supply a
large fraction of the electricity of Lhasa. The Yangbajing hot springs field is at an altitude of 4290–4500 m which
makes it the highest altitude set of hot springs in China, and possibly the world. The water emerges at 30 degrees
C-84 degrees C, which is above the boiling point at that altitude.
Caldas Novas: Brazil
Caldas Novas is considered by many to be the largest hydro-thermal resort in the world. In Caldas Novas there
are 86 active wells, pumping an average of 1,200 m³ an hour, in a period of 14 daily hours. The temperature of
the water varies between 34 and 57 °C. The first references to the hot water of this region were published in
Spain in 1545.
Rio Quente: Brazil
One of the largest hot water resort complexes in the world is Rio Quente Resorts. It is located 20 kilometers to the
west of Caldas in the municipality of Rio Quente. With seven hotels, a convention center, and 500 square
kilometers of space it receives more than 1 million tourists a year.
Pond of Blood Hell: Beppu, Japan
Beppu is a city located in Japan and is famous for its thousands of onsen or hot spring which are regarded as
sacred. Beppu is Japan’s onsen capital with the largest volume of hot water in the world aside from Yellowstone in
the US and the largest number of hot spring sources in Japan. Beppu contains nine major geothermal hot spots,
which are sometimes referred to as the “nine hells of Beppu”. Beppu is also divided into 8 major hot spring areas,
otherwise known as Beppu Hatto. The 8 areas are Beppu, Kitahama, Kamegawa, Shibaseki, Kannawa, Myoban,
Horita and Hamawaki. Beppu is considered a tourist town by the Japanese and is rather picturesque. Like many
other Japanese cities,
Deildartunguhver is a hot spring in Iceland. It is characterized by a very high flow rate for a hot spring (180
liters/second) and water emerges at 97 °C. It is the highest-flow hot spring in Europe. Some of the water is used
for heating, being piped 34 kilometers to Borgarnes and 64 kilometers to Akranes. A fern called the deer fern or
hard fern (Blechnum spicant) grows near Deildartunguhver. This fern grows nowhere else in Iceland.
Silver Springs: Florida, USA
Silver Springs is the site of one of the largest artesian spring formations in the world, producing nearly 550 million
gallons of crystal-clear water daily. Silver Springs forms the headwaters of the Silver River, which empties into the
Ocklawaha River, a part of the St. John River system.
Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge and Pool: USA
The largest natural hot springs pool in the world exists beside the highway. Visitors can soak in the therapy pool
(104 degrees) or swim in the huge 98-degree swimming pool or play in the small children’s pool. The water is full
of salty minerals. The Hot Springs Pool is the main attraction in Glenwood Springs.
Aachen in Germany has the hottest springs of Central Europe with water temperatures of 74 °C (165 °F). It is
likewise a historic spa city in Germany. It is the westernmost city of Germany, located along its borders with
Belgium and the Netherlands, 65 km west of Cologne.
Oymyakon: Siberia, Russia
Oymyakon in eastern Siberia is a candidate for the coldest permanently-inhabited location in the Northern Hemisphere and another hot springs site. The Yakut language word “oymyakon” means “river doesn’t freeze” after the local tributary of the Indigirka River fed by the hot springs which continues to flow year round in this permafrost region.
Mammoth Hot Spring: USA
Mammoth Hot Spring is a large hot spring complex near Fort Yellowstone. It is a large hill of travertine that has
been created over thousands of years as hot water from the spring cooled and deposited calcium carbonate.
Troll and Jotun Hot Springs
The Troll and Jotun hot springs in the park along the edge of the Bockfjorden are the northernmost documented
terrestrial hot springs on earth at almost 80 degrees north latitude. The first documentation of these springs was
in the late 1800s. Hoel and Haltedahl studied these two hot springs in some detail. They reported that the Jotun
hot spring has a temperature of 24.5ºC and the Troll hot spring has a temperature of 28.3ºC.
There are more than 275 hot springs registered in Chile including South America’s largest hot spring source in
Liquiñe.Liquiñe is a village in Liquiñe Valley, in the Panguipulli municipality in Valdivia Province. The area around
the village is home to South America’s densest collection of hot springs. There are literally hundred of sites where
geothermal waters flow up out of the earth. The water emerges from the ground at roughly 176°F (80°C).
Therefore, the water must be cooled before being fed into pools for bathing. The Liquiñe Hot Springs feature
geothermally-heated mineral water. The water contains silica, calcium, lithium, iron, potassium, sodium and sulfur,
as well as other minerals.
Icaria features a radioactive hot water spring that has been used since the fourth century BCE. Icaria, also spelled
Ikaria, locally Nikaria or Nicaria, ancient name: Doliche is a Greek island southwest of Samos. It derived its name
from Icarus, the son of Daedalus in Greek mythology, who fell into the sea nearby.
Betiou Hot Spring Valley: Taiwan
Taiwan is ranked among one of the world’s top hot spring sites, harboring a great variety of springs, including hot
springs, cold springs, mud springs, and seabed hot springs. One of the most famous springs in Taiwan is Betiou
Hot Spring Valley.
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