PAMUKKALE - SEPTEMBER 2008
The Hierapolis/Pamukkale site has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The description is the following: «Deriving from springs in a cliff almost 200 m high overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have created at Pamukkale (Cotton Palace) an unreal landscape, made up of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins. At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the dynasty of the Attalids, the kings of Pergamon, established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site.» Pamukkale, a spa since the Romans, is Turkey's foremost mineral-bath spa.
"PAMUKKALE TOWN - Numerous hotels, (some with their own warm mineral water pools), restaurants, shops and ticket offices..."
"TOURIST LINE - The «castle», about 2,700m long and 160m high, can be seen from the hills on the opposite side of the valley in the town of Denizli, 20 km away"
"DRY TERRACES - It seems that tourist pressure has some responsibility on the way terraces are changing in the Pamukkale area"
"TRAVERTINE - Pamukkale's terraces are made of travertine, a terrestrial sedimentary rock, formed by the precipitation of carbonate minerals from geothermal hot-springs. They are similar to Mammoth Hot Springs
"NO SHOES - It is estimated that 43,191 grams of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) are deposited daily in the Pamukkale site"
"CONTRASTS - - The water flows down the hill at 35º degrees Celsius
"DOWN THE HILL"
"SAFE AND SOUND - With shoes!"
Pietro created a wonderful award and was kind enough to allow me to use it. I'm thrilled. Thanks Pietro!!