Mud Volcanoes, Revisited

In Day hikes, Geological curiosities, Kaohsiung City by Richard0 Comments

Wushanding Mud Volcano

Wushanding Mud Volcano

Yangnu Mud Volcano

Yangnu Mud Volcano

Another view of Yangnu

Another view of Yangnu

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The main focus of our last scooter trip south to Kaohsiung was to explore the Ghost Axe Canyon, that intriguing spot on the map that turned into such an amazing discovery, but the trip was so much quicker than expected that we had plenty of time to see some of the other sights in the area – butterflies, strange peaks of uplifted coral, a waterfall or two …and mud volcanoes!  Kaohsiung County has a number of Taiwan’s best examples of this strange phenomena, and on this trip I revisited all four – two (Wushanding and Yangnu) near the town of Yanqiao in Kaohsiung County that are probably the best on the island, a tricky-to-find one near the town of Qiaotou, and a fourth at Tianliao, near the border with Tainan County.

I described them all (and a number of others, on the blog here, so this time I’ll put up some more pics of these strange, strange things…

Gunshui shan Mud Volcano, near Qiaotou

Gunshuishan Mud Volcano, near Qiaotou

The 'live' mud volcanoes at Wushanding

The ‘live’ mud volcanoes at Wushanding

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Tianliao Mud Volcano

Tianliao Mud Volcano

Measuring its depth...

Measuring its depth…

...and setting it alight...

…and setting it alight…

Wushanding

Wushanding

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The dormant mud volcano cone at Wushanding, the best in Taiwan

The dormant mud volcano cone at Wushanding, the best in Taiwan

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