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A mud bath is a bath of mud, commonly from areas where hot spring water can combine with volcanic ash. Mud baths have existed for thousands of years, and can be found now in high-end spas in many countries of the world.
Mud baths come from many sources:
Mud baths in the United States are mostly found at the resorts in California and Miami Beach, Florida. The mud is a combination of local volcanic ash, imported Canadian peat and naturally heated mineral waters. Historically, the mud bath treatment has been used for centuries in Eastern and Western European spas as a way to relieve arthritis.
Also, in Romania, the Lake Techirghiol is famous for treatments with mud baths. The lake hypersaline regime is owed to the sea water successive evaporation remained in its basin, after the tectonoerosive phase exhaustion which created a fluvial-marine firth and the communication closing with the sea. The water salts accumulation constitutes also the result of a semiarid climate with higher temperatures in summer when the drought is more pronounced. The waters with a higher salinity (in 1970 the salinity was about 83.6 g/l, and 63.6 gl/l in 1980), in spite of the values diminution in time, have determined a rigorous selection of the lake animal and plant species.
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