Mitzpe Ramon(Ramon Lookout) is a town in the Negev desert of southern Israel. It is situated on the northern ridge at an elevation of 2,400 feet (800 m.) overlooking an enormous erosion cirque known as the Ramon Crater. This crater, or makhtesh, as it is called in Hebrew (a term also used by geologists around the world) is 28 miles long and five miles wide. It is a formation unique to Israel and the Sinai, some say that exist other similar phenomena in Turkestan and elsewhere in Central Asia's deserts. Makhtesh Ramon is the largest such crater in the world.