A deep sinkhole called Bimmah Sinkhole, named imaginatively as Hawiyat Najm and filled with clear water is visible to the tourists visiting the ‘Muscat governorate’ of Oman. Situated between the towns of Bimmah & Ḑibāb, it is an amazing place for swimming and enjoying the beautiful landscape of the region. The local municipality has created the Hawiyat Najm Park that surrounds the Bimmah sinkhole as a form of protection. Visitors passing through the area often stop here for a few hours of respite from the scorching sun. The naturally formed lake is totally apt for taking a swim and hanging around idly watching the fishes while enjoying a picnic lunch or barbeque. The photographers are delighted to capture images of Bimmah Sinkhole and surrounding rocks along with the green palm trees that create a picture postcard like effect.
According to the local folklore, the Hawiyat Najm (Fallen Star), or Bimmah Sinkhole as it is more popularly known, was created by a meteor that crashed into the region thus forming the deep crater. The geologists, however, have a different explanation for its formation and hold the erosion of limestone rocks responsible for forming the Bimmah sinkhole. The rocks that collapsed went deep into the ground creating the crater like hole. Many believe that the crater is linked to the sea via an underground tunnel thus explaining the exquisite turquoise color of the water here.
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