Rest in Turkey. Green Canyon. Part 2

yetaras
yetaras @yetaras15 days ago · 2 min read
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After our boat went a little farther into the canyon, we saw a dead forest, which is now half sticking out of the water, as its level decreased significantly during the hot summer (we were vacationing in Turkey in the last decade of September). This is a sad picture when a mountain valley was flooded as a result of the construction of a dam for a power plant. We were told that at the bottom of the canyon under the thicker water (the average depth of the lake is 130 meters, and in some places is even 240 meters) there were entire settlements, from which people were previously displaced.

A flooded valley
A flooded valley

The tops of flooded trees stick out of the water
The tops of flooded trees stick out of the water

During our journey through the canyon, we are in such places of the valley where, apparently, there was less water or trees there were growing higher up the hillside, because there one could see the dead trunks of trees completely. They were completely white, apparently from long-term stay in the water.

Dead skeletons of trees
Dead skeletons of trees

These places are quite dangerous due to the presence of the underwater forest, so boats are carried out by canyon only experienced pilots.

Dead forest
Dead forest

Boating is exciting!
Boating is exciting!

A little distracted from the slightly awful sight of the dead forest, we just started to enjoy the beauty of the Green Canyon. On such a sunny and hot day, it was pleasant to be aft in the spray area of the boat's jet engine.

The engine of the boat very much perturbed the water
The engine of the boat very much perturbed the water

My wife
My wife

Everyone had the opportunity to swim, but not everyone decided to swim, because the water was cold enough, about 12 degrees. This is all because the reservoir is fed by 27 mountain springs and streams.

The mountain water was very cold
The mountain water was very cold

At the end of the tour, we went up to the observation deck, from where we could see an incredible view of the reservoir. Well and where without photos as a keepsake.

My wife and I
My wife and I

Part one here


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Hello @yetaras,

It is unfortunate how the drought is damaging the forest of that beautiful place in Turkey.

Moreover, beautiful pictures of your family experiences.

Thank you very much for sharing your great work.


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yetaras
yetaras @yetaras14 days ago

You're welcome!


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yetaras @yetaras14 days ago

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kitalee
kitalee @kitalee14 days ago

Such a great place! Amazing! Voted.


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yetaras
yetaras @yetaras14 days ago

thank you!


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The water has such a beautiful colour. Good on you for jumping into that cold water!

A shame about the displaced people from the settlement. When we were there in March 2019 we heard there'll be another town near Batman that will also be flooded to build a dam.


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yetaras
yetaras @yetaras12 days ago

Yes, it's sad, but it's a charge for electricity


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