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Timna Park - Great Geology and History

After a great morning of diving in the Red Sea, we drove 25 kilometres north of Eilat in the afternoon to visit Timna Park. This area in the Negev Desert has stark land formations of stratified rock, with sandstone, dolomite of every colour. It also has an abundance of copper with seams of the metal still visible. The area reminds us of sections of Nevada, Arizona and Utah.

Some of the rock formations include Solomon’s Pillars, the Sphinx, the mushroom and arches.

Mining of copper srarted sime 8,000 years ago in the stone age and shifting to the bronze age. King Solomon was famous for his mining operation, more recently some 321000 years ago. There is an area where mine shafts are very evident and you can literally experience what it feels climbing into some of the shafts.

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Posted by PassionRetirees 16:27 Archived in Israel

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