The place name "Ghara Soo" originates from Turkish languages and means "black water". It comes from the almost black rock and deep, dark valley.
Waterfalls are located in a very unusual place. Here the forces of nature have deformed the layers of sediments: these layers are not horizontal (as is usual elsewhere) but nearly vertical. Some layers have been less resistant to weathering and as a result, something like a giant comb or very pronounced washboard has formed.
Walk through the waterfall
The small Ghara Soo river is traversing this amazing "washboard" with 8 tall cascades and countless smaller steps.
The narrow valley is made accessible to visitors – waterfalls can be ascended with steel ladders. When the water is higher, the stream falls right over the ladders.
In several places the visitors are located in a narrow chasm between two smooth, giant walls and a strip of sky is seen high above.
- Ali Majdfar, Ghara Soo waterfalls, image gallery, visited in the 23rd April 2011.
Ghara Soo Falls on the map
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|Location, GPS coordinates:||36.9682 N 59.6777 E|
|Where is located?||Asia, Iran, Razavi Khorasan province, some 100 km north from Mashhad|
|Name in Persian:||آبشارهاي قره سو|
|Alternate names:||Soo Falls, Gharesoo Falls, Gharehsoo Waterfall, Quara Su Falls, Qara Su Falls, Ghara Soo Falls|
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