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National territory: TurkeyTurkey Turkey
Type: Culture / nature
Criteria : iii, iv, vii
Reference No .: 485
UNESCO region : Europe and North America
History of enrollment
Enrollment: 1988  (session 12)

Pamukkale ( Turkish for cotton castle / Watteburg ) is a natural site in Denizli in southwest Turkey . Pamukkale got its name from the lime sinter terraces , which were created over thousands of years by calcareous thermal springs and are a tourist attraction. The terraces, together with the archaeological site of the ancient Greek city of Hierapolis above them, are on the UNESCO World Heritage List .

The spring water there is saturated with calcium hydrogen carbonate . When it escapes, the drop in pressure causes carbon dioxide to escape , which exceeds the solubility limit of calcium carbonate , which precipitates in the form of travertine . 250 liters of thermal water (approx. 30 ° C) are poured out every second, i.e. H. 21,600 m³ daily. 2.2 g of lime are dissolved in one liter, some of which is excreted; the daily amount could thus reach a maximum of 48 tons, in fact it is significantly less.

Panorama of the sinter terraces

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