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Saudi Aramco World

in Wadi Faynan, an arid, tributary valley

that opens into Wadi Araba, the long, broad

segment of the Great Rift Valley that links

the Dead Sea to the north with the Gulf of

Aqaba to the south. I’m crouching inside an

oval-shaped, mostly underground hut. It’s

a cozy place, one that would provide some

shelter from rain, sun and cold—though add

a few more people, and it would quickly

feel cramped. It is roofed with mud-covered

branches. Through window-like openings

near the low ceiling, I can see the sun begin

its descent behind the serrated silhouette

of the surrounding Sharah Mountains as

it rakes the sky with rose and apricot.

IT IS LATE AFTERNOON

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