Strange Planet: Freeze Frame Falls

mexfalls.jpgTake a closer look. You won’t be splashing around in these falls anytime soon. That’s because what appears to be  water spilling over the cliffs is actually a natural rock formation. Hierve el Agua, which ironically translates as “the water boils,” is located just over 70 kilometers from Oaxaca City in Mexico. The falls, formed thousands of years ago by the runoff of carbonated waters, are chock-full of minerals. Today a community dispute over those very resources keep the falls closed to visitors.

[Kuriositas via Neatorama]

Photo: Edith Ramos/My Shot


  1. Personalized Travel Mugs
    December 17, 2010, 2:43 am

    Alas! I found the national geographic blog site, I am fond of watching nat geo channel every night when I got home from work. Yeah! I do agree that it’s really amazing to see these kind of natural beauty of our nature. I can’t imagine how wondrous it is if your really in that place. Aside from that I really admire your photo. Great job!

  2. Desiree
    December 9, 2010, 12:43 am

    Amazing! At first it really looks like a real falls! the world is just awesome! too bad they’ll be closing it to visitors…

  3. destination club
    December 7, 2010, 3:20 am

    Wow, I’ve actually thought that it’s a real falls, I never thought that it’s was a rock formation and this only shows how wonderful our nature is. It’s truly breathtaking but it’s sad that it was closed to visitors because as a traveler I wanted to visit this place and explore this amazing sculpture of nature.