Badab-e Surt Spring
Badab-e Surt Springs also known as colorful springs, in Orost village, northern Iran is one of the most incredible and amazing sights of its region according to National Geographic. It is a true natural wonder. Although there are a handful of similar places on earth, such as Pamukkale in Turkey and Mammoth Hot Spring in the U.S., Badab-e Surt is unique due to its distinctive color, resulting from a large concentration of iron oxide sediments.
It includes two separate mineral springs with completely different water in terms of color, smell, taste, and volume of water as a naturally formed staircase. The sedimentary waters of these two springs have risen from the top of the mountain to the bottom for thousands of years, creating small ponds in different colors and sizes. These springs are located at an altitude of 1800 meters above sea level.
The first spring contains very salty water that gathers in a small natural pool. During the summers locals swim in the pool because is thought to cure backaches and foot pain, rheumatism, skin diseases and especially migraine headache due to its high salinity and mineral content. Also, the spring does not freeze in winter due to its passion. The second spring, located on the upstream and northwest of this spring, is sour and has a red and orange blue and sits near the iron springs.
The beauty of these ponds and the special location of the springs on the mountain and the surrounding spectacular sceneries, especially at sunset is fascinating and eye-catching.