Photographer's Note

Pamukkale "Cotton Castle" in Turkish, is situated in the south-west of Turkey, province of Denizli.
The terraces are made of "travertine", this calcareous rock elaborated by the hot springs coming from inside the mountain, saturated with minerals.
Of course, it has become very popular with tourists, too popular. Indeed, some hotels down below have diverted some of the 17 springs, in order to fill their swimming-pools. Consequently, some of the terraces have dried out and been spoilt.
Also, some springs dried up because of earthquakes, but new ones arose in the neighbourhood.

However, it is still very spectacular.

I dedicate this post to Murat, mcmtanjel and his parents who won't be able to visit the place any longer.

Hereunder, please read Angshu's very interesting explanations about the state of the travertines.
"Actually there are two reasons why the tavertines were of course because of people and secondly the excess calcium because of the constant mineral rich water flow which allowed algae & moss to grow and hence became dirty as they were exposed to the air.
Now the authorities have created artificial pools for people to walk and swim on.
As for the real tavertines, thermal water is now released within a certain schedule and therefore now only a portion of the natural tavertines are filled with the water, while others are intentionally kept dry!"
WS 13 12 11 10 9 8 show different views of the place.

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