Land & Nature

The Extinct Mammals of Palestine

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

September 2005

By Sami Backleh

More than 100 species of mammals in Palestine had been recorded to have roamed in the forests, mountains and deserts of this ancient land, consequently creating an enormous impact on humans and the cultures of ancient civilizations. Although they became a source of fascination, popular inspiration and wonder, mammals a(...)

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Wadi Qilt: Nature, Culture and Religion

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By Johannes Zang

This Week in Palestine

August 2005

Hiking was presumably invented in Germany in the 19th century. Hiking means to go from A to B not for selling goods at the market, buying something or meeting people but just for the pleasure of walking, enjoying the fresh air and nature, watching the birds and other animals – and, of course, challenging your body and mi(...)

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Owls in Palestine

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

By Sami Backleh

This Week in Palestine

August 2005

Owls, along with eagles, falcons and vultures, represent a group called raptores: birds that are distinguished by hard and sharp talons on their feet for catching prey and hooked beaks for tearing it apart. Thus they occupy the top level of the food web. This means that they are not a common food source for other consumer(...)

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Mar Saba Monastery A place where culture and nature come together

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

By Sami Backleh

Mar Saba is a Byzantine Monastery that lies within the boundaries of the Jerusalem Wilderness Area (or what is called the Judean Desert), essentially a treeless, thin-soiled, arid and dramatically eroding limestone plateau dissected by wadis draining toward the Dead Sea. This region lies in the rain-shadow of the central highlands, classified as a hot area that receiv(...)

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Dead Sea Sparrow

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By Sami Backleh

This Week in Palestine April 2005

The male Dead Sea sparrow is considered the smallest and most colourful among its family. It is characterized by its greyish head with a pale yellowish supercilium, and a light yellow neck-side. The back is brown with black stripes and some white patches on its wings. The female of that species looks like a house sparrow but sm(...)

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