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Notes on the Geography of The West Bank: Wadi Qelt and Ein Sultan

These pictures trace the Wadi Qelt from the Monastery of Saint George down to Jericho and the famous spring there.

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The monastery is a sibling to Mar Saba.

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Like Mar Saba, this one has many outliers. The wall was built to protect against Bedouin.

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Close-up. Is the water source a seep, a cistern, or buckets lugged from below?

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The bell-tower, still in use.

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Swinging left from the previous picture.

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Monastic cells are tucked into crevices along the cliff; some seem almost inaccessible.

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Membership in these monasteries is way down, and many cells are in ruins.

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Along the south rim, a massive stone wall supports a water channel built to carry water to Jericho.

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The same channel, viewed from a more accessible point.

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The same channel is at the upper right; another, still in use, is at the lower left.

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The operating channel in the previous picture appears here at the lower left, where it feeds into the storage pond on the right. In the distance, the oasis of Jericho.

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Down near the toe of the alluvial fan shown in the last picture there's a famous but none-too-glamorous spring, Ein Sultan. A pond stores the spring water, but the setup is none too glamorous.

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A pump house on the site increases water production.

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A channel brings water to the local citrus groves. Wadi Qelt is in the mountains in the background.


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