Al Wahbah crater, Taif

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The Al Wahbah crater is a volcanic crater, which is about 250 kilometres away from Taif, Saudi Arabia, on the western edge of the Harrat Kishb basalt plateau. The Harrat Kishb plateau contains many volcanic cones. It is 250m deep and 2km in diameter. The bottom of the crater is covered with white sodium phosphate crystals.OriginsWhile it was thought for some time that the crater was formed by a meteorite, as its appearance resembles that of the Barringer Crater, with its circular form and high sides, it is now commonly accepted by geologists that the crater is a maar crater, and was formed by volcanic activity in the form of an underground phreatic eruption – a massive steam explosion generated by molten basaltic magma coming into contact with subterranean water.VegetationThe remains of date palm plantations can be found halfway down the side of the crater, but they are disused. There are springs near the plantations. It is easy to climb down from the rim to the bottom of the crater there from the north side on a prepared path, although most of the circumference has steep unclimbable cliffs. At the top of the path is a stone hut which contains rubbish and debris, and some suitable places for camping, although there are better places to camp to the south (see below). In the north of the Wahbah Crater, there is some vegetation located.TourismIt takes a person 45-60 minutes to go to the bottom of the crater. This crater is very slippery and it is hard for people to come up to the surface. To climb back up takes approx 60-90 minutes. There is some mobile phone signal within the crater, and the site receives very few visitors indeed, even over weekends.
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  • Nozzle aloabh or its surging quarry deep hole in the ground with a circular Qatar 3 km and a depth of up to 380 meters located 6 km north of the village drill a PlayStation 3 and 30 km north of the village of UM Tabke in Taif
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  • This feature has been created for Phreatic explsion due to very hot material coming form the earth and meet a phreatic zone and like when you cook and the pressure get accumulated into the pot, it was...  more »
  • The walk down is steep, on a path that must have been very hard to build. Well done to the Saudi military for making the effort. You need to be fit and with good footwear to attempt this safely. Photo...  more »
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