Bimmah Sinkhole

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Coordinates: 23°02′10″N 59°04′19″E / 23.03611°N 59.07194°E / 23.03611; 59.07194

Hawiyyat Najm (Arabic: هوية نجم‎), known as Bimmah Sinkhole in English, is a water-filled depression, structurally a sinkhole, in the limestone of eastern Muscat Governorate in the Sultanate of Oman, very close to the Al Sharqiyah region just off the highway to Sur, few kilometers before Tiwi.

Location[edit]

To preserve the sinkhole, the local municipality developed a fenced and toilet-equipped park, Hawiyat Najm Park, around it, along with a stairway leading down to the hole.[1]

Geology[edit]

A lake of turquoise waters, it is 50 m by 70 m wide and approximately 20 m deep. It is only about 600 m away from the sea,[2] between the coastal towns of Ḑibāb and Bamah (Bimmah). The sinkhole was formed by a collapse of the surface layer due to dissolution of the underlying limestone.[3] However, locals believe this sinkhole in the shape of a water well was created by a meteorite,[4][5] hence the Arabic name Hawiyyat Najm which means ‘the deep well of the (falling) star’.

Bimmah Sinkhole ranges in depth from only a few feet to over 300+ feet in the deepest part.[6]

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "You are being redirected..." www.omantripper.com. Retrieved 2019-12-01.
  2. ^ "The world's most stunning sinkhole: Cavernous limestone bowl is so beautiful it's become a tourist attraction". Daily Mail. 16 May 2012.
  3. ^ Rajendran, Sankaran; Nasir, Sobhi (2014). "ASTER mapping of limestone formations and study of caves, springs and depressions in parts of Sultanate of Oman" (PDF). Environmental Earth Sciences. 71 (1): 133–146, figure 9d (page 142), page 144. doi:10.1007/s12665-013-2419-7.
  4. ^ "Travel to Oman, Visit Muscat through Oman Travel Guide for Sultanate of Oman Adventure - Ministry of Tourism, Sultanate of Oman". www.omantourism.gov.om.
  5. ^ "منتزه "هوية نجم" مزار سياحي". جريدة وجهات (in Arabic). 2016-10-15. Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  6. ^ "Everything You Need To Know Before Visiting Bimmah Sinkhole". Follow Me Away. 2019-04-04. Retrieved 2019-12-01.