MemberFebruary 26, 2021 at 8:29 pm
Just copying the rest of the comments over from Dan’s update, which doesn’t show in the News Feed after the first post:
Thank you for your response, Deborah! I appreciate your thoroughness. I will look it over and learn a bit more in the process.
Also, by the “whole region,” were you referring to the Jabal al-Maqla peak, the Jabal al-Lawz area, or even areas outside of this (the surrounding area outside of Jabal al-Lawz)?
The patina effect applies across the Arabian region, Dan. The quotes above are taken from articles referring to both Sinai-Negev and Arabia.
I guess I was referring to specifically how many mountain tops in the area exhibit the same blackened color as al-Maqla. Just a curiosity question on my part. It seems the scorched peak theory doesn’t work, but would be interesting if this is the only mountain top that’s blackened.
Dan, you can check it out in Google Earth Pro. Here are the co-ords for Jebel al Lawz 28°39’15.29″N 28°39’15.29″N, enter them into the search bar and fly around if you know how. Tick the ‘Terrain’ box in the L bottom bar to get 3D. There is a lot of darkened rock in the range of which Lawz-Maqla is part with the characteristic patina hue visible in the satellite imagery. To the south and northeast are large black mountains. East there is a plateau of red earth through which ran the trade-routes. Nothing particularly stands out as unusual in the area which seems to be very geologically mixed.