Walking the trails of the Makhtesh Ramon in Southern Israeli exposes one to 200 million years of history. When an ancient ocean that covered the area receded, this makhtesh, or what is more simply, yet incorrectly called a “crater”, was formed. While a geologist’s dream to study, for the layperson it offers a well-signed and popular hike that must be done in the early morning lest the harsh desert sun that hangs above the Negev prove overwhelming. Retreating 500m up to the perch upon which the town Mitzpe Ramon sits […]

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