March 8, 2020

Historic Photos of the Taal Volcano Crater Lakes, 1907

The photographs contained in this page have been extracted from an scientific paper written by Raymond Foss Bacon and published in 1907 in the Philippine Journal of Science, a publication of the Bureau of Science under the Philippine colonial government.

The photographs, it is believed, are in the public domain. Those who wish to reuse them are advised to scroll down to the Noes and References section for citation purposes.

The labels under each picture are as provided in the journal itself. The reader will please note that the pictures were all taken before the major eruption of Taal Volcano in 1911.



View from the eastern shore of Lake Bombom across to Taal Mountain.
View from the eastern shore of Lake Bombom across to Taal Mountain.
View of Taal Volcano from Lake Bombom, which completely surrounds the mountain.
View of Taal Volcano from Lake Bombom, which completely surrounds the mountain.
Eruption of Taal Volcano of July 5, 1904.  Note the position of the boiling lake to the right of the eruption crater.
Eruption of Taal Volcano of July 5, 1904.  Note the position of the boiling lake to the right of the eruption crater.
Another phase of the eruption of July 5, 1904.  This eruption was characterized by the large amount of mud ejected causing, at its height, a violent mud shower.
Another phase of the eruption of July 5, 1904.  This eruption was characterized by the large amount of mud ejected causing, at its height, a violent mud shower.
The same crater in September 1904.  The eruption has almost completely died down.  The boiling crater lake is shown on the right of the active cone.
The same crater in September 1904.  The eruption has almost completely died down.  The boiling crater lake is shown on the right of the active cone.
The same crater on December 31, 1905.  Almost all signs of activity have now disappeared and the crater is filled with water.
Panoramic view of the whole crater of Taal Volcano on December 31, 1905.
Panoramic view of the whole crater of Taal Volcano on December 31, 1905.
View across the boiling crater lake showing the stratified walls surrounding it, and the salt deposits on these walls, December 31, 1905.
View across the boiling crater lake showing the stratified walls surrounding it, and the salt deposits on these walls, December 31, 1905.
Panoramic view of the whole crater of Taal Volcano on March 4, 1907.  The crater active in the eruption of July 4, 1904, and full of water on December 31, 1905, is now seen to be dry and totally inactive.  The boiling crater lake is increased in area, while the green lake has decreased in size.  A new disturbance seems to be breaking out to the left of the boiling crater lake.
Panoramic view of the whole crater of Taal Volcano on March 4, 1907.  The crater active in the eruption of July 4, 1904, and full of water on December 31, 1905, is now seen to be dry and totally inactive.  The boiling crater lake is increased in area, while the green lake has decreased in size.  A new disturbance seems to be breaking out to the left of the boiling crater lake.
View looking toward the boiling crater lake.  In the foreground are seen some of the small pools referred to as the north beach of this lake.
View looking toward the boiling crater lake.  In the foreground are seen some of the small pools referred to as the north beach of this lake.
The peculiar formation of colored, boiling pools separated by a crust of iron salts, called the north beach of the boiling crater lake.
The peculiar formation of colored, boiling pools separated by a crust of iron salts, called the north beach of the boiling crater lake.
View looking down from the north upon the yellow lake, the two fumaroles and the boiling crater lake.
View looking down from the north upon the yellow lake, the two fumaroles and the boiling crater lake.
Looking down from the north upon the boiling crater lake.  In the foreground is seen the peculiar formation of the north beach of this lake.
Looking down from the north upon the boiling crater lake.  In the foreground is seen the peculiar formation of the north beach of this lake.
The two fumaroles at the head of the green lake.  The yellow lake discussed in the former paper was situated to the left of these fumaroles.  It is seen that no trace of it remains.
The two fumaroles at the head of the green lake.  The yellow lake discussed in the former paper was situated to the left of these fumaroles.  It is seen that no trace of it remains.

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Notes and references:
“The Crater Lakes of Taal Volcano,” by Raymond Foss Bacon, published in the Philippine Journal of Science, Volume II, published 1907 by the Bureau of Science of the Government of the Philippine Islands.

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