Pamukkale (pah-MOOK-kah-leh, "Cotton Fortress") has been a spa since the Romans built the spa city of Hierapolis around a sacred warm-water spring and is now an unusual natural and historical site, it resembles a white mountain, its not ice or salt, the dazzling white calcareous castles are formed by rich limestone-laden thermal springs, creating these fantastic formations of stalactites, potholes and cataracts.
"Pamukkale" means "cotton castle" which tunes to the glorious and spectacular view of the site.
Waters in the terraces are the sediments of the springs with calcium bicarbonate in 33C. Waters, containing mainly calcium salts and carbon-dioxide, run off the plateau's, as they cool they form dramatic travertines of hard, by depositing brilliantly white calcium that form pools while carbon-dioxide disappearing. The marvelous landscape of Pamukkale has been created by this gradual formation, leaving a cotton-like image. Located above the theatre of Hierapolis, the mineral water sources from the thermal springs of Cal Mountain.
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