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II.-The Jordan-Arabah Depression and the Dead Sea

September 30, 1888

The occurrence of numerous terraces on the mountain slopes over-looking the Dead Sea has been reported by several observers, but no accurate measurements of their elevations or definite correlation of the terraces on the opposite slopes of the depression, seem to have been attempted. In the central part of the Wady Arabah on the west flank of the promontory known as Samrat el Fedan, a terrace, or perhaps more properly a gravel bar, has been observed by Hull at an elevation of about 1300 feet above the Dead Sea. This is apparently a definite record of the surface level of the Dead Sea during a former period. On the sides of the Jordan valley the terraces range in height from a few feet to 750 feet above the river. The measurements reported show great variation due principally to an inclination of the surfaces of the terraces, towards the centre of the valley, but indicating also that they are not horizontal in the direction of drainage.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1888
Title II.-The Jordan-Arabah Depression and the Dead Sea
DOI 10.1017/S0016756800182445
Authors Israel C. Russell
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Geological Magazine
Index ID 70208069
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse