In Buzău County you can admire a really spectacular place, but unfortunately, too little promoted. Tourists have the impression that a piece of Mars or Moon was brought to Romania, to the Mud Volcanoes.
This impressive phenomenon lies in the area of Pâclele and represent, in fact, miniature craters. The Mud Volcanoes of Pâclele Mari and Pâclele Mici were declared, about 100 years ago, nature reserve. The Martian landscapes of this area, located 150 kilometers from Bucharest, but also the fascinating landscapes, have convinced more and more tourists not to miss this goal of Romania.
The beauty of the Mud Volcanoes
The small craters from Pâclele realize a breathtaking spectacle, so that we can consider the Mud Volcanoes from Buzau County a treasure of nature. This unique natural phenomenon in Romania, but also in Europe, is located on the right bank of the river Buzau, 12 kilometres from the city Berca.
The Mud Volcanoes have almost the same structure as the real volcanoes. For example, in Pâclele Mari, the mud volcanoes have a very intense activity, so that tourists can discover here a small copy of fiery volcanoes forms. If you are wondering how this spectacular phenomenon did appeared, the answer is simple: because of gas eruptions, but also because of the seismic movements and post-volcanic emanations, that are pushing through the craters the mud brought from the depths.
This "lava" is the result of the dissolution of clay and shale that encountered water, and pushed to the surface by the gas pressure. In the area of Buzău you can find two kinds of volcanoes: mud and fiery volcanoes.
Most interesting are, however, those from Mari and Pâclele Pâclele Mici, where the landscape is lunar. In addition, some of the inhabitants of nearby villages enjoy this impressive phenomenon also in their own backyards.