The Scenic, But Missing
Waters of Pamukkale
Pamukkale was my greatest disappointment in Turkey.
The lovely pools and cascading waters splashing down from
these mineral formations were nearly entirely gone.
It looked far more like a desert, complete with large dust
storms. I truly hope the Turkish authorities have fully
restored Pamukkale since these pictures were taken in 1998.
I had little trouble finding where the waters were
diverted for other purposes. This is a motel swimming
pool, one of several motels built directly above the
"national park". With the motels taking so much water,
flow into the scenic pools was extremely limited. Years
earlier the government had promised to demolish these
motels, but motels still controlled the water in 1998.
I watched enough water flow into this one pool for a
few decent pictures at sunset. Better than nothing.
But in the video, I expressed my negative opinions
quite strongly with both pictures and words.
At least this is a sample of scenic Pamukkale, as
shown in the travel posters. The setting sun reflects
off the pool. All Pamukkale needs is water, which
originally attracted the Romans to come here.
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