Tree of Life, Bahrain

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Tree of Life
Dirt road leading to the Tree of Life.

The Tree of Life (Shajarat-al-Hayat) in Bahrain is an approximately 400-year-old, 9.75 m (32 ft) high Prosopis cineraria tree located 2 km (1.2 mi) from Jebel Dukhan and abundantly covered in green leaves.

The tree stands on a hill in the Arabian desert surrounded by miles of sand. There is not another tree as far as the eye can see; there is actually no life at all in the vast, arid desert. The average temperature in the region is 105 degree Fahrenheit often soaring to 120 degree, and bone - stripping sandstorms are common.

No one is certain how the tree survives. Scientists have speculated that the nearest possible source of water is an underground stream about two miles away and that the tree is somehow drawing water from that stream. Others say the tree has learned to extract moisture from breezes blowing it from the Persian Gulf or squeeze moisture from grains of sand. Others claim that the tree is standing in what was once the Garden of Eden, and so has a more mystical source of water.

Tourist attraction[edit]

The tree is a local tourist attraction, as it is the only major tree growing in the area. The tree is visited by approximately 50,000 tourists every year. It is very popular because it is believed to be growing in the middle of nowhere, with no water source and has never been watered once throughout history. Bahrain also has little to no rain throughout the year. As a result, it is also believed to be the site for cults practising ancient rites.[1] Since October 2010, archaeologists have unearthed pottery and other artefacts in the vicinity of the tree,[2] some of which may date back to the Dilmun civilisation.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Singh, Mandeep (2008-12-18). "Sect rites harming Tree of Life". Gulf Daily News. 
  2. ^ "Amphitheatre plan for Tree of Life". Trade Arabia. 2013-04-07. 

Coordinates: 25°59′39″N 50°35′00″E / 25.994073°N 50.583235°E / 25.994073; 50.583235