Badab-e Surt, a Rare Geologic Masterpiece
Mazandaran Province is full of beauty. Badab-e Surt is a natural site 95 km south of Sari, the capital of Mazandaran Province. It is near Orost Village. This fantastic site created over thousands of years (Pleistocene and Pliocene geological periods) and comprises a range of stepped travertine terrace formations. This rare natural wonder has two mineral hot springs sending water bubbling down the mountain from over 6,000 feet above sea level.
The first spring, having medicinal properties for some types of skin diseases, contains salty water. The second one which is mainly orange (due to its iron oxide sediments) has a sour taste.
carbon dioxide degases from the water when calcium carbonate and iron carbonate reach the surface. When the light hits the terraces, it makes the puddles glow with the red, orange, and yellow tones, and that is the reason that makes this site so beautiful and unique although there are a handful of similar places on earth.
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