seven colored earth


The seven colored earth is a geological formation located near Chamarel in Mauritius. The colors evolved through conversion of basaltic lava to clay minerals. If you mix the colored earth together, they will eventually settle into separate layers. The entrance fee to the grounds is 225 Rupees (heavily overpriced IMHO) and you get to see a nice waterfall and the formation itself - a series of multicolored dunes.

Семицветные пески - это местная достопримечательность, находящаяся вблизи деревни Шамарель на юге острове. Дюны представляют собой пески из семи различных цветов. Особенность заключается в том, что они не смешиваются между собой. Вход на территорию платный (225 рупий, что наш взгляд довольно дорого), и помимо дюн, включает отличный вид на находящийся неподалёку водопад.


The Seven Coloured Earth (Terres des Sept Couleurs in French) are a geological formation and prominent tourist attraction found in the Chamarel plain, in the Black River District of south-western Mauritius. It is a relatively small area of sand dunes comprising sand of seven distinct colours (approximately red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow). The main feature of the place is that since these differently coloured sands spontaneously settle in different layers, dunes acquire a surrealistic, striped colouring. This phenomenon can also be observed, on a smaller scale, if one takes a handful of sands of different colours and mixes them together, as they’ll eventually separate into a layered spectrum. Another interesting feature of Chamarel’s Coloured Earths is that the dunes seemingly never erode, in spite of Mauritius’ torrential, tropical rains.