Water in the Desert

Limans in the Negev. Photographer: Dan Shafner, KKL Archives.
Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive

Limans in the Negev

The Negev is characterized by a remarkable landscape feature known as “limans,” which are mainly to be found adjacent to roads and railway tracks. These earthen constructions collect floodwater by damming a gully or streambed. The dam slows the flow of the accumulated runoff water, causing it to permeate the soil and thus allow small groves of trees to flourish in areas with meager rainfall.