CHAP. 20.—WATERS WHICH PETRIFY, THEMSELVES, OR CAUSE OTHER
OBJECTS TO PETRIFY.
there is a spring which petrifies2
wherever it flows, the same being the case also, with the hot
waters at Ædepsus, in Eubœa; for there, wherever the stream
falls, the rocks are continually increasing in height. At Eury-
chaplets, when thrown into the waters of a certain fountain there, are turned to stone. At Colossæ there is a river, into
the water of which if bricks4
are thrown, when taken out they
are found changed into stone. In the mines of Scyros, the trees
petrify that are watered by the river, branches and all. In
the caverns of Mount Corycus, the drops of water that trickle
down the rocks become hard in the form of a stone.5
Mieza, too, in Macedonia, the water petrifies as it hangs from
the vaulted roofs of the rocks; but at Corycus it is only when
it has fallen that it becomes hard.
In other caverns, again, the water petrifies both ways,6
so forms columns; as we find the case in a vast grotto at Phlan-
sia, a town of the Chersonesus7
of the Rhodians, the columns
of which are tinted with various colours. These instances will
suffice for the present.