Image of the week: Blyde River Canyon, South Africa

Our stunning photo of the week was taken by Madeline Stocks at Blyde River Canyon in South Africa. Set against the Greater Drakensberg Escarpment, it encompasses an area boasting some of the most dramatic scenery in South Africa. 

Here's a few facts about this incredible part of the world:

  • It is 26 kilometres long and is, on average, around 2,500 feet (762 metres) deep. The Dam itself, when full, is at an altitude of 2182 feet (225 metres)
  • While it is difficult to compare canyons world-wide, Blyde River Canyon is one of the largest canyons on earth, and it may be the largest 'green canyon' due to its lush subtropical foliage 
  • Blyde means "glad" in Dutch, and is a name derived from a voortrekkers' expedition. It was given its name in 1844, when Hendrik Potgieter and other trekkers returned safely home after the rest of their party thought they were dead
  • At 200 metres (660 ft), the Kadishi Tufa waterfall is the second tallest tufa waterfall on earth. A tufa waterfall is formed when water running over dolomite rock absorbs calcium, and deposits rock formations more rapidly than they erode the surrounding rock
  • The Kadishi Tufa fall bears a striking resemblance to a face which is crying profusely, and is sometimes known as 'the weeping face of nature'

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