This oddly shaped – or one could easily say familiarly shaped – geological structure, aptly dubbed “The Mushroom,” is one of the chief attractions in Timna Park, a wilderness reserve in the Arava Desert 25 kilometers north of Eilat.

A photograph like this is easy to take, once the somewhat arduous journey there is complete; but more interesting to me is the question of why we bother at all? Certainly this is a highly uncommon feature of the Israeli landscape. But searching a little deeper, into the depths of geology – the study of the Earth and rocks – reveals the climatic and tectonic history (past weather events and changes and movement of the surface and subsurface formations).

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