Nahal Poleg

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Poleg Delta

Nahal Poleg is a stream in the Sharon plain in Israel that empties into the Mediterranean Sea between Netanya and the Wingate Institute.

Course[edit]

The stream starts between Tira and Ramat HaKovesh, east of Mishmeret. It runs west to the sea, veering north at Batzra. It is mostly intermittent, and becomes a Perennial stream towards its end. There is a man-made opening in the Kurkar ridge that runs south-north along the coastal plain.

History[edit]

The nearby Tel Poleg archaeological site, was excavated, revealing a fortified city of the Middle Bronze Age. The site has mostly been destroyed by a modern quarry. The original opening in the kurkar ridge was made in the Bronze Age, and reopened during the Roman period.[1] By the thirteenth century CE, the opening was clogged, resulting in a 4000-dunam marsh. The opening was cleared again in 1935, and the stream's current course was set in the area east of the kurkar ridge.[2]

Nature Reserve[edit]

The Nahal Poleg nature reserve is situated between the Wingate Institute and Ramat Poleg, between Highway 2 and the Mediterranean.[3] It covers 500 dunams, and was declared a reserve in 1971.[4]

Flora in the reserve includes a coastal variety of Boxthorn, Ephedra aphylla, Calicotome villosa, the endemic Rumex rothschildianus, Iris atropurpurea, Lupin, and Tulipa agenensis sharonensis.

References[edit]

  1. ^ נחל פולג - פארק יקום - מידע למטייל [Nahal Poleg - Park Yakum - Visitor's Information] (in Hebrew). Trekker.co.il. 
  2. ^ שמורות הפולג [The Poleg Reserve] (in Hebrew). Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  3. ^ "Nahal Poleg Reserve" (in Hebrew). iNature.info. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  4. ^ "List of National Parks and Nature Reserves" (in Hebrew). Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 

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Coordinates: 32°16′5.23″N 34°50′8.58″E / 32.2681194°N 34.8357167°E / 32.2681194; 34.8357167