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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Dunns River Falls

One of the most breathtaking scenses worldwide is the Dunns River Falls in Ocho Rios Jamaica. Jamaica considers it one of its natural treasures. Described as a living and growing phenomenon, it continuously regenerates itself from deposits of travertine rock, the result of precipitation of calcium carbonate from the river, as it flows over the falls.

The small dome-shaped cataracts are usually associated with thermal spring activity found in limestone caves. This, combined with its location near to the sea, gives Dunn's River the distinction of being the only one of its kind in the Caribbean, if not the world.

It is believed to be the site of the famous battle of "Las Chorreras",(now simply known as Ocho Rios-8 rivers), fought in 1657 between the Spanish and the English for possession of the island. The English won, and under British rule "Las Chorreras" was first owned by Charles Pryce. It later became part of the 276 acre Belmont property.

It was acquired by Government in 1972, to provide for future development of recreational and park facilities.

Make sure if you visit Jamaica to visit this spectacular falls. Iriemon!'s%20river%200041.jpg

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