Journal of Undergraduate Research


Ad-Deir monument, Plateau, Petra, Dead Sea


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Petra, Jordan is famous for being the city carved out of red sandstone cliffs. The builders of Petra were the Nabataeans, a people believed to be nomadic at one point in time, who settled in a desert and created a vast empire. They were renowned for their canals and water control systems. However, this city fell into ruins and was abandoned sometime after in earthquake in 749 AD. As part of the project that I am working on, I travelled to Petra, Jordan along with a team of archaeologists and several geology professors in order to study a seep of water emerging from the Ad-­Deir monument in an attempt to try and determine the origin of the water. While in Petra, I also analyzed the pattern of fractures and faulting that occurred due to the Dead Sea rifting.

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