- Kelimutu stands out as a truly remarkable volcano. This marvel of geology is one of the few known volcanoes with 3 calderas.
- Plus, each of these holds a lake, and each also has different colored water.
- The lakes only partially attain their colors as a result of the activities of the volcano. The volcanic gases emitted by fumaroles in the crater of Kelimutu also interact with chemicals in the water of each lake.
- The colors of the lakes actually change from time to time as a result of random periodic alterations in their chemical composition.
Kelimutu Physical Description
Kelimutu resides at an altitude of 5,377 ft (1,639 m) above sea level. Two of the calderas actually share a wall, while the third sits a short distance to the west.
The walls of each one vary in height, with the highest prominence being 157 ft (48 m).
Each caldera also boasts a small lake and the waters of each of these present different colors.
The lone lake to the west typically displays blue water, while the two sharing a wall typically display green and red water.
In addition, these colors change periodically and sometimes include brown and black. Geologists consider Kelimutu inactive since the last eruption was in 1968.
Kelimutu Location and Nature
Its summit has become highly elongated by geological forces and now has a roughly rectangular shape. The nearest populated area remains the town of Moni, at 50 mi (80 km) away, even today.
Small fumaroles also populate the floors of the calderas.
The powerful gases released by these fumaroles interact with the various chemicals and minerals inherent to the individual lakes. The resulting colors, therefore, present differently as well.
Despite its remoteness, Kelimutu has become a popular tourist attraction.