Mudpots Platform is a flat terrace on the left bank of Geyzernaya River above the Shchel Geyser. It seats 30—40 meters above the river. There are a lot of mudpots and steam vents here, warm patches of earth everywhere.
Depending on soil temperature, thermal features are surrounded by bush, tall grass or moss. Lone trees grow on the least warm patches. Valley of Geysers discoverers Tatyana Ustinova and Anisifor Krupenin set their camp in 1941 next to one of those trees. That tree (Erman's birch) was later called the Birch of the Valley of Geysers.
This is how Tatyana Ustinova described this place in her 1955 book "Kamchatka Geysers": "In many places on the terrace there are warm areas... On one such grass covered area we have sent the tent in 1941. The ground was cold to the touch, but the warmth began to accumulate underneath our packs and sleeping bags. The content of our packs warmed up, it was hard to sleep, our gear gotten damp, Winchester barrels got covered with rust. Not far from the tent our horse was walking on a cold hard ground carpeted with bright green moss and, all of a sudden, fell through with hind legs about half a meter. From the resulting holes in the ground, columns of steam were rising during the several days we were in the valley".