Golan Volcanic Park–Avital

Golan Heights

Quarrying into the base of Mt Avital, an extinct volcano, to extract gravel created an ugly scar on the landscape. It also exposed layers of volcanic debris that have been turned into a geological park with a lot to tell us about the Golan's eventful volcanic history. Signs are in Hebrew, Arabic and English.

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