That Great and Terrible Wilderness

  • Arie S. IssarEmail author
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The route of the tribes from Egypt to Canaan, through central Sinai Desert was decided by the location of sources of water. Taking into account that the climate was more humid than the present, then during most of the year the springs would flow abundantly and enough forage could be found. Problems of supply would have to be faced, either when a big concentration of people stays in one place or towards the end of the summer, when small springs may fail and vegetation diminishes. In such cases, the people will try and find springs and fodder in the higher mountains where more precipitation promised more water and food. Another problem to be overcome is that described in the case of Marah, the first water source encountered and where brackish water emerges which was not to the liking of the people. These springs and others more to the south are not fed from local rains or floods but from deep fossil water bearing strata.


Sand Dune Magnesium Sulfate Bitter Taste Rift Valley Arabian Plate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The J. Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Sede-Boqer CampusBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael

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