Volcanic Potato

Dieng, a plateau above the clouds in Central Java province has been notorious for having cold dry seasons with the temperature descending to minus 5 degrees at night and that Wednesday was no exception. I gazed towards the green hills of cultivated plants of all sorts (potatoes being the hot topic of the week as it was time for plowing) and saw thin smoke coming out of the river just below the potato fields. So I went down to have a closer look.

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What is it? It doesn’t look like a river. Maybe a hot spring?
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Wow. It looks like a crater to me.
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But how could that be? Look at the crops they’re planting just a stone’s throw away.
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Finally the sign eased all of my skepticism. It read: DO NOT COME CLOSER TO THE CRATER.

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