The Blue and White

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No, this isn’t snow! It’s a close-up of the white cliffs of southern Sicily’s Scala dei Turchi, or Stairs of the Turks. The cliffs are made of a hard-mud material that is a combination of calcium carbonate and lime mixed with other types of clay and silt, called marl or marlstone.

A popular swimming spot, La Scala dei Turchi, near Agrigento, was named after a local legend that recounts when Saracen, or Turkish, pirates scaled the white cliffs that pour like stairs into the Africa-facing sea.

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