Rehabilitation of a river quarry with the help of natural processes – Tze’elim quarry as a test case
Much of history has been the streams in the Besor Basin “supply pipe” on man, since water and building materials were the main continuations. In the decades of popular popularity the utilization of various resources is carried out through mining quarries in the main stream channels and water reservoirs for catching flood waters. This project deals with the solution of the landscape hazard in the Tze’elim quarry by restoring the use of natural processes, which Yahweh also means to reduce the engineering problem of subsidence in the Besor reservoir. Its product movements are spotty, but one that prevents long-term processes with spatial impact.
In order to begin the restoration of the holding, a partial shifting of the stream channel is offered to the mining pits in the quarry. The expectation that it can act is to give biological, hydrological, geomorphological and geological processes, which will occur during and after a flow event. Continuation and investment of large and lateral alluvium, subsidence of alluvium in mining pits with decreasing flow velocity, reversal of flow channel due to waterfalls and plant stabilization in mining pits, all of these are just some of the ethics that further consider sites more. Piles of dirt that have so far reduced the width of the creek will be “specially fertilized” by the water and will sink in the mining pits until the route of the creek returns to its former state. I see a dynamic restoration of decades and maybe even more.
The principles of planning are based on the existing situation in the quarry area and on landscape values in the area: utilization of the existing trail system in the quarry, use of the earth piles and mining pits as anchors, proportionate and local intervention and reuse of residual materials in the quarry for various development details.
In addition to the solutions that the project provides for the engineering and landscape investments, the expansion of the Besor River, finds other kings’ infrastructure here: a stage for research and study in the field of restoring river quarries and operating disappointing streams in floodplains; Creating a meeting of existing and planned roads in the area, such as the Spice Road, the Besor View Road, the Anzak Trail and the lles Park, and safe access for an extended audience to watch the “Theater of Nature” during a floods in the river.