The flow of Nahal Darga entering the Dead Sea, 7.2.23 (Photo: Yoav Ari, Nature and Parks Authority)
The Judean Desert these days receives a great amount of water, which comes mainly from the Jerusalem mountains, and produces flowing streams and waterfalls.
Such is the river Darga, also known as Darga, in the north of the Judean desert.
Spectacular documentation from the day of the river, which is usually disappointing, captured the entry of the water into the Dead Sea at the mouth of the river which is north of the settlement of Mitzpe Shalem.
The stream brought with it huge amounts of mud from Nahal Darga, which is known as a popular hiking route, especially for abseiling surfers.
In doing so, a kind of round and large patch of brown mud was created in the turquoise sea of the Dead Sea.
Flood in Nahal Darga, 2019
Nahal Darga flood (Asaf Shlomo Mizrahi Nature and Parks Authority)
The mountains of Jerusalem receive a lot of water as a result of their height (900-800 meters above sea level), and then the clouds move east and descend from the mountains and heat up over the Dead Sea when they are quite empty of water - a phenomenon known as the rain shadow desert.
In the middle part of Nahal Darga, in the section called Nahal Mashash-Moravaat, refuge caves from the days of the Bar Kochba rebellion were discovered.
The excursion route in Nahal Darga is for walkers only, its length is about 7 km and it requires a descent on ropes and even entry regarding water during this period. However, the Nature and Parks Authority warns that until Wednesday evening 2/8/23 there is a fear of floods in the East and South streams, flooding in the prone areas and snow on the high peaks and it is absolutely forbidden to enter on foot or by car into flowing streams until the water level drops completely.
The Dead Sea