The mystical mount Kelimutu, meaning “steaming mountain”, is a spectacular volcano on the Indonesian island Flores and one of its most amazing natural phenomenon. The volcano contains three striking summit crater lakes, which have often changed colors. Scientific explanations aside, there are many myths about the origin of Kelimutu. This is one of the reasons why Mount Kelimutu is still a sacred place for the local people. Over the years, the three crater lakes have often changed color, most likely due to the varying mineral contents of the water, caused by active upwelling from subaqueous fumaroles at the two eastern lakes. A more local explanation suggests that the changing colors are caused by the neglected ancestral souls.
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