September 13, 2014

Chamarel Waterfall, Mauritius

Posted by Evelyn Mervine

Stunning Chamarel Waterfall, Mauritius.

Stunning Chamarel Waterfall.

Today I’m continuing with sharing some pictures from my March 2014 trip to the volcanic island of Mauritius. You can see some of my previous posts on Mauritius here, here, and here. Mauritius is a tropical island, so in many places the lava rocks, particularly the older ones, are covered by thick green vegetation. However, there are some places where you can see the lavas well. One of those places is Chamarel, a popular tourist destination that consists of Chamarel Waterfall as well as a geologic attraction known as the Seven Coloured Earth— I’ll blog about the Seven Coloured Earth in another post. Today, I’d like to share some pictures of Chamarel Waterfall, a tall waterfall about the same height (~100 meters) as the Statue of Liberty. At the waterfall, two units of volcanic rocks are exposed. The first unit is approximately 8-10 million years in age and thus represents some of the oldest lavas of Mauritius. The second unit is approximately 1.7-3.5 million years in age.

Here’s an informational sign about the waterfall and the lavas:

Informational sign about the Chamarel Waterfall.

Informational sign about Chamarel Waterfall.

A closer view of the informational sign.

A closer view of the informational sign.

Here are a couple more pictures of the waterfall:

Waterfall... and lava flows!

Waterfall… and lava flows!

A closer view of the younger lava flow.

A closer view of the younger lava flow.

Stay tuned for more posts about Mauritius!