Whether because of the pristine and clear water and a scenic environment or because of a reputation for healing water therapies, natural springs are fascinating and popular. These are among the largest, the most beautiful and most unusual of the world’s famous natural springs.
Te Waikoropupu Springs in New Zealand
Located six km to the west of Takaka Township in Golden Bay, these are the Southern Hemisphere’s largest freshwater springs and attract up to 60,000 visitors each year. New Zealand’s Department of Conservation takes great pains to protect the area from erosion caused by divers and to maintain the water’s almost perfect clarity. Guided walking tours are available for groups of fewer than 20 people, and swimming is allowed only in certain areas.
Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces in Yellowstone Park
Well-known for over 150 years, these springs are always changing color and shape. The terraces are made of sedimentary rock that is deposited when the hot mineral water runs through the Morris-Mammoth Fault. The different colors are created by exposure to the weather, erosion, algae and cyanobacteria. Various sedimentary mounds include Liberty Cap, Opal Terrace, Minerva Spring and Terrace, Orange Spring Mound, New Highland Spring and Canary Spring and Terrace. Located in Northwest Wyoming, the Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces can be reached by the Grand Loop Road at the junction of Highways 89 and 212.
Kangal Hot Spring in Turkey
Known as the “Kangal Hot Spring with Fish,” this spa is the most famous thermal healing spring in Turkey. Located in the Central Anatolian region, the water in the spring is a constant 96.8 F (36 C) and contains an assortment of minerals, such as magnesium, bicarbonate and calcium, and the waters of the spring are teeming with fish as long as four inches (10 cm). These fish are reputed to help in healing skin disorders. The Kangal Hot Spring is located in Sivas province, 13 km from the town called Kangal.
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