Bourke's Luck Pot Holes, South Africa

This spectacular natural feature marks the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon. With countless eons the swirling whirlpools occur as the Treur River plunges into the Blyde River caused waterborne sand and rock to grind huge, cylindrical potholes into the bedrock of the river. The Potholes were named after a gold digger, Tom Burke, who staked a claim nearby. Although his claim did not produce a single ounce of gold, he correctly predicted that large gold deposits would be found in the area.


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