At Abano, Kazbegi Municipality, Truso Gorge, left bank of River Terek, south of Village Keterisi.
|Classification:||Karst Spring Vauclusian Spring|
|Guided tours:||self guided|
|Address:||Keterisi Mineral Vaucluse, Kazbegi National Park Administration, Tel: +995-577-961188, E-mail: E-mail:|
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ქეთერისის მინერალური ვოკლუზი (Keterisi Mineral Vaucluse) is a deep karst spring, generally called a karst spring of the Vauculian type. It is connected to the term artesian, which means that water from a water body below welling up in a spring. The colour is a result of the high content of dissolved limestone.
The spring at the foot of the Caucasian karst produces 300-350 l/s. The water flows through the Upper Carboniferous flysch, which is covered by lava flow which is water resistant and keeps the water under pressure. Such karst springs are typically water filled caves bringing the water from below and forming a deep blue pool of water. However, the flysch is not very prone to karstification and so there is not a single huge cave passage, but numerous small cracks. Also there is not a deep blue pool of water. Nevertheless, the huge spring is of great importance, the source of a stream and the power behind the numerous water mills in nearby Keterisi village.
The village is lived in only during summer, and as the road is rather poor and also navigable only during summer this spring should definitely be visited in summer only.