Israel the Beautiful: Timna Park

The Mushroom is believed to once have been part of the adjacent mountain but evolved to its current form over millennia of erosion.

By YEHOSHUA HALEVI
July 24, 2014 11:10
1 minute read.
Timna

Timna Park. (photo credit: YEHOSHUA HALEVI)

 
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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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