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Flag of Narman - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 1 November 2017
The municipality of Narman (13,774 inhabitants in 2016; 127,500 ha) is located 100 km north-east of Erzurum.
Ivan Sache, 1 November 2017
The flag of Narman (photo) is white with the municipality's emblem, which features the local fairy chimneys. "Belediyesi" means "Municipality".
The Narman fairy chimneys are now open to visitors, expected to attract
up to 6 million per year.
The red columns, added to UNESCO's temporary World Heritage List in 2012, impress visitors with their unique geological features. Iron oxide sediment gives the rocks a distinctive red hue.
Geographer-researcher Serdar Karahan claims the site has the potential to attract 6 million tourists a year. "The only similar example of erosion columns is found in the Grand Canyon in the U.S. state of Arizona," Karahan said, remarking on the unique formation and structure of the site.
According to research, the area where the eroded columns are located was covered with water 300 million years ago. It was formed as a result of erosion, as rivers gradually transported sediment to a settlement basin around 2.5-3 million years ago.
[Daily Sabah, 16 October 2017]
Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 1 November 2017