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Hungarian Pamukkale

A cache by Anikó and Miklós Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 03/31/2002
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size: large (large)

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Geocache Description:

Egerszalók, this tiny little town in Heves country attracts many tourists. Why? Because of a natural wonder. This is why we went there and thought it's worth a cache.

In the perimeter of the town, in a small valley, mineral-rich hot water blows out from the deep. This created Hungary's unique tufa terraces.

How these terraces were formed? The sodic water deep below the surface can dissolve a lot a calcium-carbonate. When the water comes up to the surface it loses much of its carbonic acid. Because of this limestone crystals start to get separated. The separated limestone form dams after a long time, creating beautiful white terraces which are in connection by little waterfalls.
Different metals can paint the white limestone various colors.
The water comes from an artificial well. The geologists were looking for natural gas, but found this sodic water which is 18-20000 years old.

In the summer its better to bath at night because of the daytime heat, but the gurus say winter is the best time for a bath. At that time the snowy valley seems like it's smoking. The cold moments of stripping can be forgotten fast in the hot water. When putting the cold clothes back, they warm up fast from our body-heat.

Before taking a bath, find the cache which is a plastic box. The GPS will show you the hill with the cache on its top. Find the path in the trees and bushes, it's the most convenient way. Don't look at the GPS in the forest it will not see the satellites but you're going to have 4 meters accuracy on the top where the cache is hid.

Because of the construction work in the valley, the site is not as nice as it used to be and you cannot approach it from the main parking. The easiest way to approach the cache is to drive on the road that starts at N 47° 50,2790' E 20° 20,1870' to a parking place at N 47° 50,9160' E 20° 20,5970'. From there walk to N 47° 51,0310' E 20° 20,3770' where a dirt road starts. The road leads to the cache and if you walk further you can find the bath and the teracces.

Have a good bath and a successful geohunting!

Anikó and Miklós

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