Top travertine terraces of the world

Only in very few places in the world, well spread across the globe, geothermal waters have done their magic creating terraced hillside pools in a large scale, sometimes of crazy colors, for the joy of landscape photographers and postcard sellers.

Basically, hot springs eroding rocks high in minerals end up forming deposits of travertine. But to get this shape, like a succession of cascades, the conditions have to be very specific to allow water over-saturated with calcium to sediment into series of small stone dams.

We selected some representative examples of travertine terraces by their size and beauty, ten wondrous locations where you can find a sight like the following one:

Travertine terraces
1- The waterfall terraces of Baishuitai are in the Tibetan area of China.
Image by Cammy8888


Baishuitai
At a high of near 2.500 meters, there's anything but hot water running through these pools.
Image by Bon So




Huanglong
2- One of the most worldwide famous natural features in China is the scenic valley of Huanglong.
Image by Sam Garza


Huanglong National Park
Well, also it's quite cold here, but hot springs are the source of this composition.
Image by Chensiyuan


Semuc Champey
3- Semuc Champey in Guatemala is a much less well-known spot, but becoming more popular, especially among Central-American backpackers. Image by Ismael Alonso


Semuc Champey Tour
Semuc Champey is like a tropical version of Huanglong.
Image by Alejo Crisóstomo


Badab-e Surt
4- Badab-e Surt is a hidden gem in the north of Iran.
Image by Elias Pirasteh


Badab-e Surt
Badab-e Surt is not officially protected and they are serious concerns regarding its conservation.
Image by Samaee


Mammoth Hot Springs
5- Mammoth Hot Springs are part of Yellowstone National Park, in Wyoming, USA.
Image by Brocken Inaglory


Yellowstone National Park
Algae adapted to survive in temperatures not far from boiling point of water have tinted the travertine pools.
Image by Bill Gracey


Hierve el Agua
6- Hierve el Agua, or the water boils, are a few magnificent pools over the edge of a cliff in Oaxaca State, México.
Image by Carlos Adampol


Hierve el Agua Oaxaca
Hierve el Agua from below. As you can imagine, the process of formation of these deposits it's exactly the same than the stalactites or stalagmites do in a vertical way. Image by Eduardo Robles


Warbrick Terrace
7- New Zealand has plenty of geothermal parks like Waimangu. It's near here where after a volcanic explosion in 1886, legendary Pink and White Terraces disappeared for good. Image by Birger Hoppe


Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland
We've already been visiting the colourful thermal areas of New Zealand, you can find out much more about them here.
Image by Tyler Ingram


Pamukkale
8- However, we could consider Pamukkale hot-spring terraces in Turkey the top of all them.
Image by Ray Wewerka


Pamukkale Turkey
You are even allowed to have a bath in some of Pamukkale's white terraces. Nearby there's also an underground version, the Kaklik caves. Image by Marcia Taylor


Hierapolis
But what makes this Turkish delight stand out from the rest, it's the fact that they are combined with the cultural visit to the ruins of ancient Hierapolis. Image by Frank Kovalchek


Hammam Meskhoutine
9- Heating water with the power of Hammam Meskhoutine in Algeria.
Image by Alasinta


Hammam Debagh
The grande cascade covers a nearly vertical surface of a hundred feet (30 meters) height.
Image by Alasinta


Fly Geyser
10- The Fly Geyser in Nevada (USA) has got a few small terraces, but they are the most colorful ones of the list.
Image by Michael Flick


Fly Geyser Black Rock Desert
The story of this spectacular geyser is quite curious, as it was accidentally created in 1916, drilling of a well.
Image by Ken Lund


Travertine hot springs
There are other interesting and photogenic terraces out there. Some of them are found in several areas in Iceland, like these tiny ones in process of creation. Also Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, Kuang Si Falls in Laos, Bagni San Filippo in Italy, Egerszalók in Hungary or the Havasu Falls in the USA, feature gorgeous travertine wonders.
Image by Eric Montfort






 

3 comments:

Anghel said...

....iata motivul pentru care nu lasa dumnezeu lumea noastra pe mana hazardului.Poate vor mai fi si alte planete cu viata in sistemul nostru solar ,daaaar..........asa ceva mai rar

Sergiu Hulea said...

MINUNATE SUNT CREATIILE NATURII!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I had no idea there were more of these places other than Pamukkale in Turkey, which I visited a few years ago and it was spectacular. I guess I've got a few more places to visit!
-Dana S

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