Monthly Archives: September 2014

Forming (cotton) castles


turkey mineral deposits pammukkale

What: Travertines and hot springs
Where: Pammukkale, Turkey
When: June 2014

Photo credit: Steshia M
Camera: HTC One (phone)

Traveller’s Tale: The literal meaning of Pamukkale in Turkish is ‘Cotton Castle’. I now know why. Beneath Pamukkale and Hierapolis is a vast source of water heated by volcanic lava. The water dissolves calcium, becomes saturated with it and carries it to the earth’s surface, where it bursts forth and runs down steep hillsides.