Israel - Makhtesh Ramon - Ardon Mountain
A day of hiking in Makhtesh Ramon. A makhtesh in hebrew is a crater, and you wouldn't be blamed for thinking that of Makhtesh Ramon as it does look like one, though has a shape of a stretched heart. Geologically speaking it is different, it is not a creater as it was not created by a meteorite or volcanic activity, instead it was created by sediment being carried out of the basin. There are only 7 such makhteshim (the definition "Makhtesh" accepted worldwide) in the world, 5 in the negev (South Israel), 2 in the nearby Sinai peninsula (Egypt). I went hiking there to Ardon mountain which ,as heart shapes go, sits at the connection part between the two top semi circles.
For more info:
Makhtesh (UNESCO): http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/1486/
Makhtesh (Wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makhtesh
Makhtesh Ramon (the largest Makhtesh, Wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makhtesh_Ramon
Oct 21, 2011