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The Negev (נגב, Standard Hebrew Ngev / Ngev, Tiberian Hebrew Nḡeḇ / Nāḡeḇ; Arabic النقب an-Naqab) is the desert region of southern Israel. In Biblical Hebrew Ngev means south.


Geographically, the over 13,000km Negev forms an inverted triangle whose western side is continuous with the desert of the Sinai peninsula, and whose eastern border is the Wadi Arabah.


Its central city is Beersheba (pop. around 200,000), in the north. The southern end is at the Gulf of Eilat and the resort town of Eilat. Other towns include Dimona and Mitzpe Ramon, and a number of Bedouin towns, including Rahat and Tel Sheva.


The Negev has a number of interesting cultural and geological features. Among these are three enormous, craterlike erosion cirques or machteshim, which are unique to the region: ha-Machtesh ha-Gadol ("The Big Crater"), ha-Machtesh ha-Katan ("The Small Crater") and Machtesh Ramon ("Ramon Crater"). The last is the biggest of all, in fact - it is probably the largest natural crater on Earth (it was not formed by asteroid impact).


External links

  • Wikitravel: Negev (http://wikitravel.org/en/article/Negev)
  • Israel's Negev Desert (http://www.negev.org/About/negev_desert.htm)

Negev is also the name of an IMI light machine gun, designated IMI Negev.


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Negev - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (208 words)
The Negev (Hebrew נֶגֶב;, Tiberian Hebrew Néḡeḇ; Arabic النقب an-Naqab) is the desert region of southern Israel.
The Negev covers the greater amount of Israel's official Southern District.
Geographically, the over 13,000km² Negev forms an inverted triangle whose western side is contiguous with the desert of the Sinai Peninsula, and whose eastern border is the Wadi Arabah.
Negev - Facts, Information, and Encyclopedia Reference article (203 words)
The Negev (Hebrew נֶגֶב, Tiberian Hebrew Néḡeḇ; Arabic النقب; an-Naqab) is the desert region of southern Israel.
The last is the biggest of all, in fact - it is probably the largest natural crater on Earth (it was not formed by asteroid impact).
Negev is also the name of an IMI light machine gun, designated IMI Negev.
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