Turkey is well known for its ancient cities, many of which are now important archaeological sites. However, fans of geology and geo-thermal activity should not miss the travertine pools and terraces at Pamukkale
These bright white calcium carbonate structures look like they are made of ice or snow, but are actually the result of hot spring mineral deposits. Similar deposits can be found at Yellowstone National Park in the USA and on the North Island of New Zealand.
Archaeologists and those who love ancient cities will appreciate the ruins of Hierapolis, the city built near Pamukkale for the Roman tourists who wanted to enjoy the thermal baths and marvel at the terraces and pools. So, this ancient place will satisfy both historians and Geo-scientists. It's well worth at least a day or two when on a land tour of Turkey or as part of a combination cruise and land tour.
Pamukkale (c) Linda Garrison