An Old Testament wonder! The dramatic moment that the River Zin is reborn as a flash flood sweeps across the arid, chalky landscape in Israel’s Negev Desert [Video]

I have lived in Arizona and Nevada and have seen many, many flash floods. They are a sight to behold and as deadly as they are breathtaking. They can happen instantly – in a matter of minutes as is the case here with the River Zin in the Negev Desert. There are few forces on this planet more powerful and violent than a flash flood. It can sweep you or your car away in the blink of an eye. I assume the water here is so white due to the chalky riverbed. It’s a beautiful and fascinating video. I just wouldn’t want to be directly in that riverbed when the water came gushing forth in Biblical proportions.

Spectators gathered to watch the rebirth of the Zin River as flood waters filled the dry riverbed.

Omri Ginzburg and Gilad Zwebner recorded the video, which shows flood waters gushing over a cliff.

From the Daily Mail:

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This dramatic video captures the rebirth of Israel’s Zin River as a flash flood sweeps across the landscape after a period of drought.

Thrilled spectators gathered to watch the powerful display of nature and snap photographs as water filled the dry riverbed in the Negev Desert.

Omri Ginzburg and Gilad Zwebner recorded the two-minute video, which shows floodwaters gushing over the edge of a cliff to the delight of onlookers.

It is believed that the flood occurs when heavy rain falls in mountainous regions several miles away from the massive riverbed made of chalk.

The natural wonder is even described in the Old Testament of the Bible.

The river’s source is upon the slopes of the Ramon Crater, one of three Negev craters famed for its geological formations.
It is believed that the flood occurs when heavy rain falls in mountainous regions several miles away

It is located at the peak of Mount Negev, approximately 50 miles south of the city of Beersheba, and it ends in the Dead Sea.

The crater is 24 miles long, up to six miles wide and up to 1,640ft deep, and it is shaped like an elongated heart.

The Zin River landscape features plunging canyons and winding dusty paths which cause small waterfalls like the one where the video was recorded.

In Vegas, I have been in floods that hit where the water suddenly came up to the top of your car door. That’s very, very dangerous. Here the water looks beautiful, cascading over the chalky cliffs in the winding river bed and one forgets the might of nature at hand. The roar and surge must have been fantastic to watch. Most flash floods occur because it has rained heavily a ways off and the water flows in its natural course. This video is rare in that you get to see the water as it comes in and fills the riverbed… finding its way over the cliffs and through the canyons in the landscape. The rebirth of the River Zin is truly a wonder to behold.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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