Welcome to the Mitzpe Ramon Visitor Center.
Inside you can learn about this unique area in Israel's Mount Negev region.
The new Ilan Ramon Museum is also inside, commemorating our astronaut who perished when the space shuttle Colombia burned up in 2003.
The Visitor Center perches on the cliff 500 meters above the floor of Makhtesh Ramon.
Click on the photo twice to see the little people.
The Negev desert has three enormous craterlike makhteshim, which are unique to the region: Makhtesh Ramon, Makhtesh Gadol, and Makhtesh Katan.
The Wikipedia article on makhtesh says,
Although commonly referred to as "craters," these formations are "erosion cirques" (steephead valleys or box canyons)..
Craters are formed by the impact of a meteor or volcanic eruption, whereas makhteshim are created by erosion.
The word makhtesh is the Hebrew word for a mortar grinder (מַכְתֵּשׁ). The geological landform was given this name because of its similarity to a grinding bowl.
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