The Naftali Mountains, in view at the end of the Black Canyon trail, are a beautiful expanse named after one of Jacob's sons, Naphtali, from the Old Testament. Naphtali is associated with swiftness and eloquence, reflecting perhaps the striking and breathtaking views the mountains offer.
Two interesting facts about Naphtali are: firstly, in the biblical account, he is the son of Jacob and Bilhah, Rachel's maidservant. Secondly, the Tribe of Naphtali, his descendants, were known for their courage and prowess in war, as noted in the Bible.
The Syrian-African Rift, also known as the Great Rift Valley, is a continuous geographic trench running from Lebanon's Beqaa Valley in Asia to Mozambique in Southeastern Africa. Named for its span across the Syrian and African landmasses, it's one of the most distinct features on Earth's surface, visible even from space. Created by tectonic activity over millions of years, this rift is an impressive example of plate tectonics' power and influence on the landscape. Its various segments have formed numerous valleys, mountains, and bodies of water, contributing to the area's rich biodiversity.