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The travertine pools and terraces of Pamukkale, Turkey 18 Sep 2017

Posted on 18 Sep 2017
The travertine pools and terraces of Pamukkale, Turkey
The travertine pools and terraces of Pamukkale, Turkey
The travertine pools and terraces of Pamukkale, Turkey

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Magical Pamukkale is actually a solidified cascade of travertine. The spectacle has been formed by calcium bicarbonate-laden hot springs just uphill. As the water has drained over the hillside and cooled, stalactite-festooned terraces and scallop-shaped pools have been formed. Over the years, considerable damage was done by too many tourists walking on the travertines, but now – in keeping with Pamukkale's status as a Unesco World Heritage Site – access to the terraces is highly restricted.

This article was originally published on 21st January, 2016

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