Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Golan Heights - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Golan Heights - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The plateau is located at the southern end of the Anti-Lebanon mountains and straddles the borders of Syria and Israel. Elevations range from 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) in the north, to below sea level along the Sea of Galilee and the Yarmuk River in the south. A popular tourist destination attracting three million tourists a year,[4] the Golan has a rich history and features numerous archeological landmarks, scenic streams, mountains and waterfalls. The Golan Heights contribute significantly to the water resources of the region, providing about 15% of Israel's water supply. The region is also the source of a large proportion of Israel's agricultural production.[4]
The earliest evidence of human habitation dates to the Upper Paleolithic period.[5] According to the Bible, an Amorite Kingdom in Bashan was conquered by Israelites during the reign of King Og.[6] The biblical narrative also indicates that the Israelite tribe of Manasseh inhabited the region.[7]"

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