Short Trip With Watungilay - Kawah Putih

Short Trip With Watungilay - Kawah Putih
Kawah Putih lake (7.15° S 107.37° E) is in one of the two craters which make up Mount Patuha, an andesitic stratovolcano (a "composite" volcano).[2] Mt Patuha is one of numerous volcanoes in Java. The Kawah Putih site was opened to visitors in 1987. The lake itself is 2430 meters above sea level so the local climate is often quite chilly (temperatures are frequently around 10 degrees celsius). This makes a brisk change from the humidity of the north Java plain and the capital city of Jakarta. Kawah Putih is a sizeable acid lake which changes colour from bluish to whitish green, or brown, depending on the concentration of sulfur and the temperature.[3] The sand and rocks surrounding the lake have been also washed into whitish colours by the vapours from the lake. The lake was discovered in 1837 by Dr Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn, a German botanist who carried out a considerable amount of research in Indonesia until his death in Lembang, just north of Bandung, in 1864. At the time, there were various local stories about the history of the area. Birds were said to be reluctant to fly near the region and villagers in the area tended to regard the forest around the lake as eerie and somewhat mysterious. These stories prompted Dr Junghuhn to investigate. He discovered Kawah Putih. There was formerly a sulfur mine at the crater although production has now ceased. A sulfur plant was first established near the lake during Dutch rule in Java known as the Zwavel Ontgining Kawah Putih. It ... Video Rating: 5 / 5

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