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Geological, Hydrological And Medicinal Aspects Of Hot Springs In The Eastern Mediterranean—Past And Present

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Hot springs have been a subject of interest since ancient times because of the therapeutic qualities attributed to them. This chapter talks about the hot springs in the region well below sea level. It discusses how enlightening was the approach of the Sages of the Mishnah and the Talmud to the question of the source and attributes of the thermal springs. Hammat-Gader is located in a small Valley on the banks of the Yarmuk, between the Golan Heights and the Mountains of Gilead. In this Valley, about 600 dunam in area, there are five springs with different degrees of heat. Numerous small and a few major hot springs are the main manifestations of geothermal energy in the Jordan Valley. Since only four major thermo-mineral springs are known to have been utilized intensively in antiquity.

Keywords: geothermal energy; Hammat-Gader; hot springs; Jordan Valley; Mishnah; Talmud



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