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Lake Abaya Hot Springs (Chokore Hot Springs)

WorldBlue  In short

There are numerous hot springs around Lake Abaya. Chokore Hot Springs (Chakoware Hot Springs) north from the lake recently had even some geysers.

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GPS coordinates
6.6305 N 37.9103 E (mistake up to 5 km)
Location, address
Africa, Ethiopia, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region, to the north from Lake Abaya
Thermal springs, Geysers (extinct?)
Alternate names
Chokore Hot Springs, Chawokare Hot Springs

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WorldYellow In detail

Geysers were active here up to 1979 – the last geyser was erupting erratically, up to 1.8 m high.

Now here are located very hot and powerful springs, with water temperatures as high as 96°C. A platform of geyserite with cones of former geysers has been preserved.


  1. T. Scott Bryan. The Geysers of Yellowstone, Fourth Edition. 2008, Boulder.

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Geysir and Strokkur erupting simultaneously, June 1984 / Roger Goodman, Flickr.CC BY-SA 2.0.


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This book provides a succinct but comprehensive presentation of key geomorphological locations and topics including information about geomorphological heritage and maps to visit the most important sites.


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