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Pamukkale in Turkey: Behold the terraced water pools

Posted on November 16, 2010 | Travel DestinationsNo Comment



Nestled in the southwest district of Denizli, Pamukkale in Turkey has attained international recognition because of shimmering natural pools. It is a complex of terraced pools that has gained the attention of many experts as well as tourists since the ancient times. The Pamukkale pools are located in the Inner Aegean region that adorns the River Menderes’ valley where there is continuous moderate climate. Pamukkale in Turkey has now become one of the top tourist destinations because of its this unusual wonder that feature glowing white cascades.

Pamukkale is a Turkish name, which in English stands for a ‘cotton castle’. It is made up of two words wherein pamuk indicates ‘cotton’, while kale means ‘castle’. This natural spectacle has been named so due to that catchy white color of the slanting rocks of the carbonate. Pamukkale in Turkey is not the site of pools only, but it also boasts limestone-laden thermal springs, potholes, travertines, cataracts, stalactites, and terraces of flowing water filled with the various carbonate minerals. What can be more exciting for a tourist to simply have fun as with each step in the calm Pamukkale pools holding tadpoles, a vibe of calmness is felt and an experience of unique swimming hangs over? Just descending these terraces of pools makes one feel as if she or he is on a fairyland, the land whose match does not exist anywhere on the planet.

The reason behind its existence

The main reason behind the formation of the Pamukkale pools is the most hated calamity of earthquake. I know it is difficult to believe in this for most of us as earthquakes until now have done no good to the mankind and that it has only continued to take up the lives of countless including other living beings besides man. But, one needs to change this opinion a bit in the sense that earthquakes can do some good and this is evident by these beautiful terraces. This is perhaps the first time that I have come across a positive point of this calamity.

Pamukkale springs

Pamukkale springs are total 17 here, which hold hot water whose temperature remains between 35 °C (95 °F) to 100 °C (212 °F). Emerging from the nearby Cal Mountain, the spring water is rich in carbon dioxide as well as calcium salts. It is this water of the Pamukkale springs that fed the terraces made up of travertine that refers to a sedimentary rock as a residual of the flowing water of the springs. When the hot spring water reaches the surface of the terrace, it emits carbon dioxide and deposits calcium carbonate until the amount of water’s carbon dioxide becomes equal to the amount of the gas in the atmosphere. The calcium carbonate is settled down in form of a soft mixture, but with the passing time it turns to a hard substance called travertine.

As per a reliable survey, one liter of water is capable of depositing 499.9 mg of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) on the travertine due to which the entire complex gets a pure shimmering white look. In reality, this deposit along with the precipitation makes the terraces to look like cotton forming a commendable landscape just over the town. However, the success of this full process is also reliant on the water flow, temperature, and weather conditions.

The mineral water of the Pamukkale springs is gathered in a pool known as the Sacred Pool. This name was given in the olden days and continuing to be known with the same name, the pool is now is now inside the Pamukkale hotel. You can come here for a great swimming experience amidst the legendary ruins of Hierapolis seen nearby.

Curing abilities

It has been internationally accepted that the water of Pamukkale possesses therapeutic properties that are very much soothing as well as healing for the eyes and skin. Further, it also has the power to deal with asthma and rheumatism.

Other attractions

In the olden days, the Biblical city of Hierapolis was atop this cotton castle in white. Even today, you can see the remains of this city from atop, which are at a distance of 20 km opposite of the valley. But, much of the Hierapolis ruins have been damaged in order to build hotels for the tourists.

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