Friday, October 9, 2009

Bourkes' Luck Potholes; South Africa

We were simply amazed by the Blyde River Canyon.

Now we are going to see Bourkes' Luck Potholes, a natural water feature that marks the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon.

Let's go to the visitors centre. Hmm, I am impressed. It is quite informative and details some of the interesting natural and socio-historic features and is the starting point of the 700m walk to the potholes.

The Potholes were named after a gold digger, Tom Burke, who staked a claim nearby.

Although his claim did not produce a single ounce of gold, he correctly predicted that large gold deposits would be found in the area.

Bourke's Luck Potholes are truly a sight to behold.
It is a sign of nature's perseverance and amazing strength.

Just imagine the sand, stone and pebbles that are carried off helplessly in the wake of a flowing river; visualize these chunks of debris as they are tossed and thrown against the harsh, jagged terrain........

Through countless eons the swirling whirlpools which occur as the Treur River plunges into the Blyde River caused waterborne sand and rock to grind huge, cylindrical potholes into the bedrock of the river.

These potholes are a silent testimony to the turbulent journey of small pieces of earth that made their mark and told their story.

Just gazing at these beautiful potholes is simply amazing............

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