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The mud domes of eastern Romania

 

The Mud Volcanoes are situated in the Sub Carpathians of Curvature, in the Buzau county, eastern Romania, and are one of the most known monuments and phenomena in Romania. The “Paclele MariPaclele Mici” Zone, where The Mud Volcanoes can be observed, is a natural monument since 1924 and is the only place in Europe where mud volcanoes can be seen. Mud volcanoes are conical ground risings that form through the emanation of gases, mainly hydrocarbons, from the underground. The gases start rising from deep beneath the ground, pushing the mud and the water that they meet, above the surface.

In The “Paclele Mici” Zone, on a surface of around 10 ha, most of the mud volcanoes can be found, with a wide array of shapes, but in slightly small sizes, having between 2 and 8 meters in diameter. At the top, the mix of water and mud looks as if it’s boiling because of the gas emanations, but the mix is actually cold.

The “Paclele Mari” Zone is found a couple of kilometers to the north-east, it has a surface of around 20 ha, and hosts the three largest mud volcanoes, each having a diameter of more than 100 meters.
-During drought, because of water evaporation, the salinity of the plateau grows substantially. Because of this, at the outskirts of the plateau, only a few halophile organisms live, some of them being considered natural monuments.

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Romania's mud volcanoes in pictures

Mud Volcano
Mud Volcano
Channels created by the mud flow
Channels created by the mud flow
One of the craters created by the gas emanations
One of the craters created by the gas emanations
Landscape around the Mud Volcanoes
Landscape around the Mud Volcanoes
The muddy terrain surrounding the volcanoes
The muddy terrain surrounding the volcanoes

Photo credits:

Mud Volcano by MariaOMG - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0Channels created by the mud flow by Radu Ana Maria - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, One of the craters created by the gas emanations, assumed by Tsouche based on copyright claims, CC BY-SA 3.0Landscape around the Mud Volcanoes by Diego Delso - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0The muddy terrain surrounding the volcanoes by Alex Blăjan - source, via Wikimedia Commons, CC0

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