LATITUDE: 30°42'41"N / LONGITUDE: 35°12'35"E, October 9, 2011. Military maneuver and recreational off-road vehicle tracks along the ancient copper-smelting site in the lower Aravah. The plateau, with shallow dark copper-rich gravel, records the traces of vehicles as they pass over the land, removing the upper layer to expose the lighter subsoil. Four kilometers to the east of the site, and directly on the Jordanian border, is Moshav ʽEin Yahav, initially founded in 1950 as an agricultural experimentation station by members of Naḥal, a movement to promote the settlement of arid areas of Israel. The station was subsequently abandoned and later, in 1953, veterans of the Israeli army settled. In the early 1960s the settlement was civilianized as a moshav., from the series Desert Bloom
Artist: Fazal Sheikh (American, born 1965)
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