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Wadi al-Mujib, Karak
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Wadi Mujib, known from the Hebrew Bible as River Arnon, is a river in Jordan which enters the Dead Sea at below sea level.GeographyDuring the last Ice Age the water level of the Dead Sea reached below sea level, about higher than it is today. It flooded the lower areas of the canyons along its banks, which became bays and begun to accumulate sediments. As the climatic conditions changed, about 20,000 years ago, the water level of the lake dropped, leaving the re-emergent canyons blocked with lake marl. Most canyons managed to cut through their plugged outlets and to resume their lower courses. However, Wadi Mujib, abandoned its former outlet by breaking through a cleft in the sandstone. This narrow cleft became the bottleneck of an enormous drainage basin with a huge discharge. During the years the cleft was scoured deeper and the gorge of Wadi Mujib was formed.The Mujib Reserve of Wadi Mujib is located in the mountainous landscape to the east of the Dead Sea, approximately south of Amman. A 220km2 reserve was created in 1987 by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature and is regionally and internationally important, particularly for the bird life that the reserve supports. It extends to the Kerak and Madaba mountains to the north and south, reaching above sea level in some places. This 1300m variation in elevation, combined with the valley's year round water flow from seven tributaries, means that Wadi Mujib enjoys a magnificent biodiversity that is still being explored and documented today. The reserve consists of mountainous, rocky, and sparsely vegetated desert (up to ), with cliffs and gorges cutting through plateaus. Perennial, spring-fed streams flow to the shores of the Dead Sea.
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  • Fantastic day out! The sik trail is challenging to say the least.. there are ropes to assist but I would highly recommend getting a guide. The rocks are high and slippery and unless you have a good am...  more »
  • What an amazing roadway through the "Grand Canyon of the Middle East". This road is complete with blind curves and hairpin turns...not for the faint-hearted. The rest stop above the reservoir gives on...  more »
  • An awesome 2hr scramble up and back the Wadi Mujib, about 15mins south of Dead Sea resorts on the main rd. It is just before a bridge. Self guided 18 JD for residents, 20JD tourists. Minimum 18 yrs ol...  more »