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Band-e Amir Lakes | Bamian, Afghanistan

Location

Afghanistan
34° 50' 33.1764" N, 67° 12' 40.5576" E
AF
Band-e Amir Lakes

Band-e Amir Lakes - Photo: James Gordon

Band-e Amir (Persian: بند امیر‎) is a national park in Afghanistan, located in the Bamyan Province. It is a series of six deep blue lakes separated by natural dams made of travertine, a mineral deposit. The lakes are situated in the Hindu Kush mountains of central Afghanistan at approximately 10000 ft (3000 m) of elevation, west of the famous Buddhas of Bamiyan.

 

They were created by the carbon dioxide rich water oozing out of the faults and fractures to deposit calcium carbonate precipitate in the form of travertine walls that today store the water of these lakes. Band-e Amir is one of the few rare natural lakes in the world which are created by travertine systems. The site of Band-e Amir is described by some as Afghanistan's Grand Canyon.

More infos: Wikipedia

 

Band-e Amir Lakes

Band-e Amir Lakes - Photo: james700

Band-e Amir Lakes

Band-e Amir Lakes and canyons - Photo: christophe_cerisier

Band-e Amir Lakes

Band-e Amir Lakes and canyons - Photo: USAID Afghanistan

Band-e Amir Lakes

Band-e Amir Lakes - Photo: Lukáš Zajac

SUBMITTED ON 05.21.2013.