Pamukkale - 3D Virtual Tour
Pamukkale virtual tours can be started by clicking the preview window or by downloading the stand-alone versions. Just drag the mouse to the direction you want to look. Use the scroll wheel to zoom at the details. Press F9 to get a list of the 3D sites you downloaded (residing in the same directory). To install the listed sites as a screensaver press F5. Our advise is to install all the sites, including Pamukkale, as a screensaver. When the screensaver starts, a random site is chosen and shown around automatically (this gives the impression of looking at a documentary in HD quality). To see the usage of other keys press F1. Press Ecs to exit.
The thermal springs at Pamukkale which give rise to geological phenomena cover a wide area. In this area, there are several hot water springs which have a temperature between 35 and 100 degrees. The thermal springs of Pamukkale form an integral part of the regions potential for tourism and have been popular since ancient times. The water, having emerged from the spring, is transported 320 m to the head of the travertines and deposits itself on a section 60 to 70 meters long covering an expanse of 240 to 300 meters square.
When the water first comes out of the ground it is about 35.6 degrees. The water includes calcium hydro carbonate in a large quantity. When it contacts with oxygen, the carbon dioxide and carbonmonoxide escapes and the calcium carbonate settles and forms the travertine. The sediment is jelly-like in the first stage.
The travertines are not in contact with water all the time as it is seen on the photos and brochures. The thermal water is given to the travertines by a controlled programme. If the water flows on the same place for a long time, it causes moss and pollutes the white travertines. The travertine's area should be dried for certain times to prevent this pollution and to let the jelly-like sediment harden.
Source: Directorate of Culture and Tourism of Denizli - www.pamukkale.gov.tr
This project was done in collaboration with The Governorship of Denizli.