Travertine Dam Between Milanovac & Gavanovac Lakes by paolo1955

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Featured in RB Explore Photography Page May – 23 – 2012

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Nacionalni Park Plitvička Jezera – Plitvice Lakes National Park – Croatia

Properties inscribed on the World Heritage List – Croatia – Plitvice Lakes National Park 1979

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Falling Lakes

How does water turn to stone?

In the mountains of Croatia, a kind of alchemy is forging a magical landscape where water literally turns to stone.THE FALLING LAKES gives viewers a first-hand look at this remarkable process, which has helped make Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park one of southeastern Europe’s natural wonders.
The park’s crown jewels are a necklace of 16 lakes connected by gushing springs, sparkling rivers, and soaring waterfalls. The water streams over porous limestone that underlies the region. But the landscape is far from rock solid. It is constantly changing its shape, as erosion and an unusual chemical process continually form new dams and riverbeds that steer the water in new directions.

Here is how it works

As water travels through the limestone, it dissolves the surrounding stone and bubbles to the surface heavily laden with suspended lime (calcium carbonate). The water then flows through a natural filter of moss and plants that grow in a luxurious carpet along stream banks. Under the right conditions — water and air temperatures play a key role — the suspended lime is deposited on the plants, entombing them in a hard glaze. Eventually, the lime-encrusted plants petrify, and the entire mass turns to a rock that geologists call travertine. Even small animals can become entrapped in the “living” stone. Then, new mosses grow atop the travertine and the process begins again.
Over thousands of years, the waters of Plitvice have built everything from sturdy dams to weird and wonderful natural sculptures. But researchers have discovered that the conditions have not always been right to create travertine. Several times over the last 30,000 years the region has lacked the right combination of temperature and humidity to form travertine.

These days, however, the travertine-forming process is going strong, forming new layers at rates of up to an inch a year. But the process depends on clean water, and pollution from farm fertilizers and other sources threatens to slow or stop the process in some parts of Plitvice. Local groups are working hard to make sure that doesn’t happen.

In the meantime, visitors throng to the valley, eager to see for themselves the magical water that can turn to stone. One visitor says that even Medusa — the mythical snake-haired creature who could turn onlookers to stone — would be amazed by the waters of Plitvice.

Hi buddies.I’m Paolo from Italy,love to take photographs and experiment new techniques.When I play with my camera I’m like a kid in a candy shop

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  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomabout 5 years ago

    The colors in the photo are gorgeous, and your description is both informative and fascinating.

  • Hello Mary-Ann,Thanks so very much, so happy you like this, comments like yours make it all worth while!…and the tale will push ahead :-))

    – paolo1955

  • anance
    ananceabout 5 years ago

    Paolo!!! beautiful water!

  • Hi Alex,I’m happy that you enjoy this photo.

    – paolo1955

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekabout 5 years ago

    Wow……….fabulous colors!! Nice clear shot!!

  • Thanks my friends for your kind remarks in my photo.

    – paolo1955

  • Suzanne Chouinard
    Suzanne Chouinardabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot of this place and very documented explanation.

  • Thanks for popping by ,and leaving your comments, much appreciated.

    – paolo1955

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellabout 5 years ago

    When I first saw the photo I thought of New Zealand waters coming from glaciers. There the water is milky white ~ opalescent from the pulverised stone it contains. It is quite different to this water you have described. I had heard of travertine in relation to the gran canyon in America, but did not realise the action could occur in a much more sedate area. Thanks for the picture and narrative.

  • Hi FM,this lake is also know as “The turquoise lake” and I can say that is really so.Thanks my friend for your kind words and support.

    – paolo1955

  • Crowmanic
    Crowmanicabout 5 years ago

    Simply amazing, simply beautiful… thanks for sharing this.

  • I truly appreciate your most kind comments here.

    – paolo1955

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks my friend for your kind words and support.

    – paolo1955

  • Quinn000
    Quinn000about 5 years ago

    Beautiful color and POV!

  • Thanks ever so much Gina, always great to hear from you.

    – paolo1955

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerabout 5 years ago

    Greetings Paolo; Very beautiful and very stunning image !

  • Ciao Steve,Thanks so very much, so happy you like this, comments like yours make it all worth while!

    – paolo1955

  • GayeL Art
    GayeL Artabout 5 years ago

    Amazing – such a beautiful image!

  • I appreciate your comment and for you taking the time to stop by.

    – paolo1955

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