Friday, April 6, 2012
TIME OUT - Part 3 - The Makhtesh ha Katan
A Makhtesh is a geological formation that exists only in the Negev and in the Sinai. There is no other place on earth with something similar, it is unique to Israel, and the Hebrew word Makhtesh מכתש, meaning "mortar grinder" found its way into to the scientific language of all geologists on the globe. And this really is the form of a makhtesh, it looks like a mortar, round and deep. The shape of the "bowl" is caused by erosion and the waters of a wadi. The wadi was slowly created over millions of years sipping through cracks in the surface. Then it has found one way out of the bowl, draining it again and again. Only through this single opening is it possible to enter a makhtesh.
There is a wonderful explanation giving a very good understanding of the process at this excellent link:
We visited the Makhesch haKatan, the "small" makhtesh. The road to get there leads through stunning rock formations of many different hues in beige brown rust black and reddish colors. We arrived there at the hottest hour with the sun at the zenith, so we just had a very short hike. I surely would like to go there again in winter, when it is much easier to enjoy walking.
I hope you get an impression of this very special and unique place on earth and have a pleasant time to view my husbands pictures. Please zoom in to fully appreciate the beauty of the place.
Photos by Uri Eshkar
There is one more part to come - the flowers! :-)