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Ihlara vadisi

Ihlara vadisi
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-19
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Panasonic DMC GF1, Panasonic Four/Third 14-45
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1000 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-24 1:32
Viewed: 3857
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From my travels thtough Turkey:

I promised a picture of Ihlara vadisi, here it is (see "Map"): The geological origin of this canyon is in my lay opinion a 10 km long contraction fissure ("Schwundriss") or else friction fissure in a thick hot magma layer that was cooling slowly, permitting the formation of the visible columns.This may have happened 12-14 million years ago. (I will gladly accept more expert opinions on this geology). A river, Melendiz suyu, which originates at the flanks of the extinct volcano Melendiz dağı, has dug into this canyon. The river ends up in a huge salt lake, Tuz gölü, or dries up before reaching the lake.

Ihlara vadisi is known mainly for the hidden churches and eremit habitations built by Byzantine inhabitants with the intention to stay out of the way of Turk and Mongol invaders. You notice in the right lower corner some stairs leading to Eğritaş kilise (=church).

Literature: Yildirim Dilek & Afak Altunkaynak, 2009. Geological Society, London, Special Publications; 2009; v. 311; p. 213-233;
"Geochemical and temporal evolution of Cenozoic magmatism in western Turkey: mantle response to collision, slab break-off, and lithospheric tearing in an orogenic belt"

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-07-24 1:35]

Hi Dietrich
What a great and wonderful landscape.
Interesting basaltic columns.
Great place!

Hello Dietrich,
Very impressive landscape and rock fissure. The valley is still green but the plateau very dry. Good idea to include the sky and a branch. Could be nice to walk in this valley... Have a nice weekend,

With not much more to add on your note , I can say that Turkey is squeezed between three great Tactonic-plates: Asian, European and the Mediterranean plate.
That makes your assumption quiet right.
This pic. is a good example to east-Mediterranean canyons where Lave cooled to columns formation - and this is a huge one.
Fantastic scene in pic.

Hi Dietrich

Great to see a geology shot here and a nice explanation. Good POV and composition.


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  • Fege Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 13] (46)
  • [2010-07-24 17:15]

Hi Dietrich
This brings back memories for me - I walked that path in valley in 1998 but it wasn't good for photography due to there being lots of smoke about.
You struck good weather and have shown off the rock walls of the gorge to good advantage. Great colour.

Hi Dietrich,

Excellent views and an excellent shot with great perspective.
The composition is impressive and pretty full spectacle.
Thanks for sharing.

Best Regards,

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