Ammonoids in the Yeruham Crater
Ammonoids at Yeruham Crater
The new green trail, extending from the red marking of Ma’aleh Avraham, a bit after the “Petrified Trees”, offers a wide
variety of geological and botanical attractions, all in return for 3-4 hours of your time.
palm tree growing at the center of the channel.
But one of the two main attractions will be waiting later on, when a rock suddenly crosses the entire channel, creating an actual step in the stream. There, we will see whole and wonderful ammonoids.
The second attraction is Negev Pancratium in full bloom on the small tributary along the stream channel. They are amazingly beautiful and, obviously, for a short time only.
The trail continues through the Hevion Stream channel and ends at the black marking of HaSnapir HaKatan, 150-20m before the colorful sand parking lot where you should leave the second vehicle with which we will return to the one left at the beginning.
Start a bit south of the petrified trees, at the new green marking descending west of the red trail at Ma’aleh Avraham. It returns to the red trail about a kilometer later and, after a few hundred meters, it veers east, leading to the oil drilling reservoirs marked by the Site Preservation Council.
From there, the trail continues toward Hatira Stream to which the oil drilling camp’s reservoir is connected. At the stream’s channel, we will pass an area of metamorphic rocks (~10-15m wide and 150-200m long), cracked and broken in straight lines and various angles. Some of the divides are filled with beautiful white pebbles (plaster/quartz?).
We will then walk by a reef of fossilized corals and, from a distance, we will identify the giant