"Yeroham, gate to Maktesh Gadol and Katan" Yeroham by Martin_S.

Yeroham Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 98 photos

The "Maktesh Gadol" is one of three, the Maktesh Gadol, Maktesh Katan and Maktesh Ramon make up the geological triplets of these amazing crater like anomlies...here you can see behind Xiao and Vanessa the Maktesh Gadol (Gadol means "big" in Hebrew). It is a basin or crater shaped valley with only a single opening in the rim wall, almost like a volcano rim that has exploded. There are several theories on how these were formed, but as far as I know none are proven 100% yet.

This is the Maktesh "Katan" (Katan means "Small" in Hebrew), much smaller in circumfence that its bigger brother, here you can see the "cleft" or single outlet in the upper center. The lighter colored wiggly lines you can see are places where rainwater has runoff and left sediment of a light color.

Here you can see Xiao checking out one of the reasons that so many people visit the Maktesh Gadol. There is a park there called "Colored Sand" where minerals in the ground, along with rainwater have caused deposits of different colors, all jumbled together. If you look closely over Xiao's shoulder you can see shades of red, yellow, grey and even eggshell white.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful mineral deposits
  • Cons:Can be too hot in mid day sun
  • In a nutshell:Take lots of water.
  • Last visit to Yeroham: Dec 2004
  • Intro Written Jul 1, 2005
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  • Beach_dog's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2005 at 2:48 AM

    I guess you could also build multicolored sand castles :o) Thanks mad guy with camera ;o)

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