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Khodutkinskiye Hot Springs

Khodutkinskiye Hot Springs are located in Pravaya Khodutka River valley, 4 km to the north west of volcanoes Khodutka and Priyomich. They belong to the South Kamchatka Nature Park included in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. They are made up of many springs forming a vast lake and the Goryachaya River (Hot River). Stretching on 1km, it is 15 to 20 meters wide and 1.5 meters deep. Its rate of low is 115L/s. The water’s temperature reached 49°c uphill. However when it flows into Pravaya Khodutka River it is only 37°C. The mineralization rate is 0.5 g/L. Along the river and near the springs many thermal algae grow. Although there is still snow in spring, the vegetation around the lake goes back to its green color quickly. The lake is the winter home of many bird species. Facilities were put up for tourists so that they can bathe and swim in the hot springs.
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