Erawan Waterfalls -- 7 Steps to Heaven

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    Of all the waterfalls I have ever been to, Erawan Falls near Kanchanaburi, Thailand, are perhaps the most beautiful. While not the tallest, widest, or most gallons/minute, the clarity of the water and the unique limestone formations make them the most interesting.

    The water passes through underground limestone deposits, and comes out loaded with calcium carbonate, leaving layers of limestone over everything and giving the water its unnaturally blue-green color. When I say limestone covers everything, I mean *everything*. Logs in the river are coated with as much as a centimeter of rock, and even leaves.

    One really interesting phenomenon is the rocks a the base of the falls... some don't touch the water underneath!!! How? They grow out from the cliff face from the CaCO3 deposits, and you can swim underneath them and have a few centimeters of breathing space.

    There are seven steps of the waterfall, spread out over a kilometer and a half, and each of them is different. A couple of the pools are large enough to swim in, and the water is quite nice. Some of the falls have limestone caves filled with stalagmites. Some of the pools have very aggressive fish, which attack your toes. Some of the falls are only ten or so feet tall, and some are around 70 feet.

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    1. melcir.meri 83 months ago | reply

      Delightfully scenic pools and falls! - a great image!!! You're invited to join us, and to add this potent image to our collective WORLD-WATERFALLS-SURVEY, for 2008 ~ YEAR OF PLANET EARTH!!! You're awarded the "FIRST - THE EARTH!" Photo-ART EXHIBITION/ +comp. [Enter 1/ AWARD2]"
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    2. Donna62 79 months ago | reply

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      A great image, much admired by Donna62 --,
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    3. WindCharmer 74 months ago | reply

      This is the best shot I've seen of it so far.

    4. Todd Huffman 74 months ago | reply

      Thanks WindCharmer! You've been there?

    5. WindCharmer 73 months ago | reply

      Sadly, no. But it was the best shot I saw on Flickr! :P

    6. bmr3166 70 months ago | reply

      now, that is beauty!

    7. Hope For the Silent Voices 33 months ago | reply

      Amazing! The difference between your photos and mine taken with a crappy camera. Well done!

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