Nature

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Let’s define Nature as everything around us not made by mankind.

Nature
in Costa Rica can be overwhelming. Drive a few miles and everything changes. Let’s try to explain our place a little bit. But better: come over and explore yourself.

Soils: We are living on volcanic soils. The active crater Poás is only 4 miles away. Soils are fertile and the area is covered by dense forest. Except just around the waterfall itself as the water what flows through comes partly from the slopes of the Poás volcano and is acid. For that reason you will find, close to the waterfall, big plants (called the ‘poor’s umbrella’) with their leaves burned.

Rock formations: just a few words about columnar jointing in basalt that you can observe right behind the waterfall: columnar jointing forms in lava flows in most cases, and is somewhat a rather rare feature. Columns are straight and regular (but sometimes curved) with 4 to 7 faces (check the steps along the steep track going down to the water fall!). It is commonly interpreted as resulting from rapid cooling from the top downward, most likely in the presence of water. Below the columnar jointing unit is a different, more altered (orange color is due to the presence of clay minerals that forms during alteration) unit with bombs and scoriae. Unlike columnar jointing, which result from effusion of basaltic lava, such feature results from a more a explosive event that occurred prior to eruption of columnar basalt.

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