Cappadocia: Pyroclastic Layers
"Fairy Chimneys" are not the only spectacular formations in Cappadocia. Erosion "plays" with layers of ignimbrite and creates colourful landscapes, which can always teach us something about the way in which the volcanoes erupted.
Strata of white, soft ignimbrite are heavily affected by erosion.
Erosion exposes layers of different composition and colour.
Sometimes the soft white strata covers harder, darker ones.
Soft layers on top of even softer ones: note the undulating roof.
Columns of soft white and yellow material no longer protected by hard, dark ones.
Erosion "paints" abstract art on thin, alternating strata of yellow and white ignimbrite.
Man-made doors in yellow ignimbrite contrasts white material in the background.
On the contrary, these arches are not man-made but sculptured by wind erosion.
Peribacalari Vadisi along the road from Urgup to Zelve.
Almost all "hats" of hard material have fallen off these columns.
Here two columns only still have their "hats".
Magical sunset in a mystic landscape.