15 of Israel's environmental wonders
Israel's varied climate and intriguing geology has shaped breathtaking formations across the country.
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Israel's largest planted forest, the Yatir Forest's 4 million trees span more than 7,000 acres at the edge of the Negev Desert.
The forest is comprised mostly of pine and cypress trees, although it is also home to olive and fig groves.
The Yatir Forest is more than just a forest – it's a research center. The Weizmann Institute, NASA and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies all study the forest and its effects on the environment.
Hiking trails traverse the forest, allowing visitors to enjoy the shade and fresh air, entering a world far different from the neighboring dry desert.