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"Bleeding" mountain, Bitlis

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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: 2010-05-23
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Panasonic DMC GF1, Panasonic Four/Third 14-45
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-04 5:18
Viewed: 3928
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On my Turkey travels:

By approaching Bitlis in Eastern Turkey, starting in Siirt, I entered the Eastern part of the Toros mountain chain. I hoped to see some tell tale signs from the clash of tectonic plates. Near the famous Bitlis suture (the contact zone between the Arabian and the Anatolian plates) I discovered this Calcium Carbonate outgrowth on the flank of a "bleeding" mountain. In order for this phenomenon to occur there must be deep down some hot water, carbon dioxide and limestone. The water reaches the surface and cools, the carbon dioxide is freed as a gas, the acid-dissolved Calcium carbonate crystallizes out, forming thin sheets of rock. The color is contributed by dissolved iron. (I hope the description is correct, I had to deduce it from what I saw and remembered from chemistry courses as a student) .

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Hi Dietrich,
A nice capture of this beautiful phenomena. Good details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-04 8:21]

Hello Dietrich,
A fantastic image from Turkey showing wonderful sheets of rock looking just like a solid waterfall! Wonderful details and colours and a lovely composition. Very well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-08-04 10:11]

Hi Dietrich
Excellent shot of this interesting calcium carbonate forms.
Water is a fantastic sculptor.

Hi Dietrich,

Belong to the great displays a very interesting process.
Reflected light and shadows are very nice and beautiful presentation.
The eye is a very nice detail and composition.
Thanks for sharing.

King Regards,

Hello Dietrich,
Amazing geological phenomenon, with exceptionnal colours. You show us very unusual places of Turkey! Good night,

Nice image, good details on explanation, fairly well balanced lighting given the angle of sun, not over sharpened, good selection of subject.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-04 22:57]

Hi Dietrich,
Very nice colors and details in this interesting Landscape, TFS!

Hi Dietrich

I saw similar structures in New Zealand but created from disolved silica. Good composition and POV.


Hi Dietrich
I'm living in Turkey and such a beauty I tell you, thank you.
Looks great.

Hi again my Professor friend Dietrich!

Just amazing capture of these amazing geoformations from the SE Anatolia. An original and interesting interpretation too.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 90] (9774)
  • [2010-10-04 22:37]

Thank you for the showing us the unseen parts of the globe, it is amazing and your NOTE helps much to understand, well shot and TFS.


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