Largest underground water source discovered in J'lem

The source was discovered 75 meters underground while workers were laying groundwork for the high-speed Tel Aviv-Jerusalem railway.

By OREN KESSLER
June 2, 2011 03:32
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Jerusalem light rail 521. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

 
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An underground water source discovered recently near the Jerusalem International Convention Center is, experts say, the largest subsurface water resource ever discovered in Israel.

The source was discovered 75 meters underground while workers were laying groundwork for the high-speed Tel Aviv-Jerusalem railway.

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The cave appears to have developed after water seeped in from the surface and dissolved the underlying limestone.

“The cave is the largest and most impressive underground water channel ever discovered in Israel,” Prof. Amos Frumkin of the Hebrew University told Channel 2 News.

Frumkin said the water channel can be preserved without compromising infrastructure projects for the railway route.

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