31 Jul Mount Bental
Mount Bental (Arabic: جبل بنطل, جبل الغرام / ALA-LC: Jabal al-Gharam / “Mountain of Lust” “Jabal Bental”; Hebrew: הר בנטל, Har Bental, “Mount Bental”) is a dormant volcano in the North-Eastern part of the Golan Heights, It extends to an elevation of 1,171 Meters above sea level.
The mountain is a part of a chain of dormant volcanic mountains spanning along the eastern part of the Golan Heights starting from Mount Ram in the north and ending on Tal Saki in the south, it is the northern neighbor of Mount Avital which shares the same volcanic magma source with it. Mount Bental was formed in a volcanic eruption which formed a scoria volcanic cone, the magma which tried to erupt from Mount Avital’s top could not do so and the pressure lead to an eruption of the western side of Mount Avital and of Mount Bental.
Mount Bental is covered with Quercus calliprinos trees and on its top there is an IDF stronghold which was built on an older Syrian stronghold which is an attraction point for visitors. The mountain top has a good view of the Syrian lands, Mount Hermon and the Golan Heights.
Merom Golan is located at the bottom of the volcanic crater.