The big mud Volcanoes

(Vulcanii Noroioși Pâclele Mari)

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Today’s travel topic is The Big Mud Volcanoes, also known as Vulcanii Noroioși Pâclele Mari (in Romanian), a geological and botanical reservation located in Scorțoasa commune close to Berca, in Buzău County, Romania.

As some of you may already know, I travelled the past few weeks across my country, getting to see new and unique places that I was waiting to visit for a really long time. One of them is today’s subject, The Big Mud Volcanoes.

Here’s a short travel vlog with the surroundings.

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The reservation

As expected, the reservation is preserved by the law. Also, given the fact that it is unique in Romania, it’s open to the large public with an entry charge which is 1RON/ middle & high school student, 2RON/ college student and 4RON/adult. You’re not allowed to throw litter on the sites, moreover anything in the mud holes nor volcanoes.

The surroundings are quite big in size, the landscape formed by the dried off volcanic mud is expands more and more over the years.


And now, the moment of the truth. Many of you may find yourself thinking how could something like this come to reality? Like from what origins or how can it be possibly explained these eruptions? In order to answer you in the best and correct form, I’ll give you the scientist’s explanations:

“As the gases erupt from 3000 metres deep towards the surface, through the underground layers of clay and water, they push up underground salty water and mud, so that they overflow through the mouths of the volcanoes, while the gas emerges as bubbles. The mud dries off at the surface, creating a relatively solid conical structure resembling a real volcano. The mud expelled by them is cold, as it comes from inside the Earth's continental crust layers, and not from the mantle.”



Elsewhere in the world where you can find at this hour similar phenomena can be observed in Italy (northern Apennines and Sicily), Ukraine (in the Kerch Peninsula), Russia (in the Taman Peninsula) as well as Azerbaijan.






Also, little did I know at first that the phenomenon can be observed on two separate locations near the Berca commune, dubbed the Little Mud Volcanoes and The Big Mud Volcanoes (which we talked about today). The volcanoes themselves are surrounded by 'badlands' of water-cut ravines. Admission fees are charged, as already mentioned before.

A piece of advice

Since we're walking on a crust of dried mud that is not entirely solid yet and will most likely never be solid, access is only permitted on dry days to prevent destruction of the unique environment. However, recently it was recommended on the Internet by the official account of the site that the best moments for catching the eruptions more active would be after rain, when the gases throw outside more mud.

The shop and souvenir prices

If you want to buy something from there, no matter the nature of it, a souvenir or an ice cream, be ready for doubled prices. Personally, I would never give 15RON for a small and no name ice cream for instance, but I did for once, among others. Unfortunately I haven’t got the time to buy a souvenir, but I spotted a price, 8RON for a fridge magnet, which in my opinion was good enough comparing to other magnet prices that I had to endure just for the sake of a place memory.:)

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