Furnas do Enxofre

Furnas do Enxofre, sulfurous fumerole

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One typical geological phenomenon you'll find in different spots on the Azores are fumaroles.
A fumarole (in Portugese: Furnas) is a crack in the surface that emits steam, heat and gasses.

This particular fumerole is of the sulfurous type (Enxofre means sulphur). It emits steam and an intense odour of rotten eggs. The fences are not so much there to protect the nature. They are there to protect you. The air has a temperature of about 130 degrees Celsius just above the surface.

The fumeroles feel like a reminder that the serene nature in the area is only a thin layer of natural "civilization".

 



 The furnas up close And againCute flowers grow around
the fumeroles
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