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Third and final shot of the Cotton Castle at Pamukkale. Once again there has been no manipulation of the image apart from applying the unsharp mask following resizing prior to posting. I have intentionally left the plants and wall in the background to provide a contrast and set the rest in context.
I think this shot shows the various forms of 'falls' quite well. At the bottom left there is a flat platform, in the centre the stalagtite form, and surrounding this what I look upon as the waterfalls.
The Castle has been created by spring waters which contain high levels of Calcium residues and carbon dioxide. The water is at a temperature of 35C and as it flows the carbon dioxide is released and combines with the calcium residues to create Calcium Carbonate which, over many years has coated the rocks.
The discoloured areas have been caused by pollution from hotels which used to be at the top of the 'falls', but have now been demolished. The authorities are in the process of cleaning up the polluted areas but this will take several years to complete. As a further safeguard to the area, it is now only permitted to walk barefoot on the surface. I can promise you that this is not comfortable as the ground is very uneven and gritty in places.

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