Monday, June 19, 2017

Seven Coloured Earths



Known as “Terres des Sept Couleurs” in the original French, the Seven Coloured Earths in Mauritius is a rare geological oddity that proves brown is far from the only color of dirt.

Surrounded by forest and spreading out in seven distinct colors (red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple, and yellow), these psychedelic dunes were formed thanks to a rare confluence of volcanic activity which brought a number of different elements together, each with their own distinct hue. The rolling bands of color are caused by a strange phenomenon in which the different sand particles seem to miraculously settle together, creating patches of red iron or blue aluminum.

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