National Geographic : 1939 Dec
MULTICOLORED CONES OF CAPPADOCIA © National Geographic Society Autochrome Lumiere by Eric Matson WHEN CAPS ARE DOFFED, CONES BECOME BALD AND SOON WASTE AWAY Often set at rakish angles, the dark lava blocks protect the soft mound beneath, preventing it from eroding. Exposed sides are sculptured by rains and streams and polished by wind-blown sand. The masklike mound at right has lost its covering and is rapidly disintegrating. Like human moles, hermits tunneled and gouged living quarters in many of the cones. This fantastic area, roughly tri angular, lies about 150 miles north of the Gulf of Alexandretta in the isolated heart of Turkey.