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Bourke's Luck Arches - Mpumalanga, South Africa
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
S 24° 40.459 E 030° 48.671
36J E 278512 N 7269346
Quick Description: The Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve contains the Bourke's Luck Potholes... which includes several natural arches amid the kettles created by natural plunge pools.
Location: Mpumalanga, South Africa
Date Posted: 10/28/2014 9:13:59 AM
Waymark Code: WMMR43
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
Views: 3

Long Description:
The Treur and Blyde Rivers converge in the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and have created, over millions of years, a very unusual geographic feature in which boulders have carved out "kettles" in the canyon walls. Included with those kettles are several natural arches. This area is known as the Bourke's Luck Potholes..and Wikipedia (visit link) adds:

"This geological feature and day visitors' attraction, is situated at the confluence of the Treur and Blyde Rivers, on the reserve's western boundary 24°40'28?S 30°48'39?E. The reserve's nature conservation headquarters is located here, beside the village of Moremela, at the canyon's southern, or upper reaches.

Sustained kolks in the Treur River's plunge pools have eroded a number of cylindrical potholes or giant's kettles, which can be viewed from the crags above. It was named after a local prospector, Tom Bourke, who predicted the presence of gold, though he found none himself. The pedestrian bridges connect the various overlooks of the potholes and the gorge downstream."

Additional photos can be seen at (visit link)
Photo of the Arch by itself?: yes

Type of Arch: Water Eroded

Type of Material:
appears to be sandstone but couldn't find a website that confirms that.


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