Stark Beauty: Images of Israel's Negev Desert

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Negev Desert

Credit: Dave Levitan
The Negev Desert region of Israel is harsh and unforgiving, yielding only about 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain every year. And yet the breadth of life…Read More »

and human activity in the desert is stunning.

Excavations in the area show that the Nabataeans, an ancient people that ruled the region for a few hundred years beginning before 300 B.C., lived and farmed here; more recently, Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion pushed for development of the Negev, and even spent the last 10 years of his life on a kibbutz in the desert.

Though there is still empty space aplenty, there is also ample agriculture and research into improving it, communities of Bedouins who have settled here, and more.   Less «
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