The Blue and White


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.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. That’s amazing. Really does look like snow, sort of. 🙂

    1. I’m sure you are sick of snow already Dana! I thought of you when I put this post together. The marl is chalky… but soft to sit on at least! The sea view makes it worthwhile!

  2. It’s not the snow so much as the freezing cold!!! I’m way over that now! 🙂 That’s cool that the marl is soft to sit on. And ah, the sea, the beautiful sea. <3

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