Karst Formation of Baishui Terrace Picture

The Baishui Terrace a Karst formation of a layer of white deposits of calcium carbonate crystallized in spring water…

The Baishui terrace is situated in Sanba Township 101 kilometers southeast of Zhongdian County. The terrace is 3 square kilometers in area. It is a Karst formation of a layer of white deposits of calcium carbonate crystallized in spring water. It was also one of the places where the Dongba culture was originated. In Baidi village near the terrace one can still experience the old Naxi ethnic life-style. Calcium is white, but the terraces of Baishui are creamy white and sometimes streaked yellowish brown. Reason: The flowing spring water deposited other dissolved minerals besides the calcium. The terraces gradually formed over hundreds of thousands of years. Running spring water rich in bicarbonate calcium left behind the calcium sediment that built the terrace walls and basins molecule by molecule…

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