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Badab-e Surt, Iran. Photo by Abbas Arabzadeh. A range of stepped travertine terrace formations, created over thousands of years as flowing water from mineral hot springs cooled and deposited carbonate minerals on the mountain side.

Pamukkale, Turkey These strange formations are travertine, a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. Travertine is formed by a process of rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, often at the mouth of a hot spring or in a limestone cave.

Kandovan (also spelled Candovan[citation needed]) is a tourist village in the province of East Azarbaijan, near Osku and Tabriz, Iran. Its fame is due to its troglodyte dwellings.[1] Some of the houses are at least 700 years old and are still inhabited. Kandovan is also known for its scenic beauty. A popular resort, it offers hotels and restaurants to serve tourists. Its mineral water is also popular with visitors and is believed to be a cure for kidney disease.

Badab-e Surt, Iran “Badab-e Surt is a natural site in Mazandaran Province in northern Iran. It compromises a range of stepped travertine terrace formations that have been created over thousands of years as flowing water from two mineral hot springs cooled and deposited carbonate minerals on the mountainside.”

Kandovan (also spelled Candovan[citation needed]) is a tourist village in the province of East Azarbaijan, near Osku and Tabriz, Iran. Its fame is due to its troglodyte dwellings.[1] Some of the houses are at least 700 years old and are still inhabited. Kandovan is also known for its scenic beauty. A popular resort, it offers hotels and restaurants to serve tourists. Its mineral water is also popular with visitors and is believed to be a cure for kidney disease.

The Water Terrace at Blenheim Palace.

Slot Canyon Hot Springs, AZ by John G. Cramer III: The pools are 2-3 feet in depth, and temperature varies from 85 to 120F. #Hot_Springs #Arizona #Slot_Canyon

Longji Terrace, China