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The Al Wahba crater (Maqla Tamia in Arabic) is 250 m (820 ft) deep and 2 km (1.2 mi) in diameter. The bottom of the crater is covered with white sodium phosphate crystals.

While it was thought for some time that the crater was formed by a meteorite, it is now commonly accepted by geologists that the crater was formed by volcanic activity in the form of an underground phreatic eruption - a massive steam explosion generated by molten basaltic magma coming into contact with subterranean water.

However, locals of this ancient place have another story, it is believed that there was two giant mountains, a female named "Tamia" located around this area, and a male named "Kotn" located near Al-Madinah Al-Monawarah. On a rainy day under the lightning, Tamia spotted Kotn and was impressed by his brightness, and decided to move and relocate next to him, and so she went on her way, and during her travel; another male mountain named "Okash" saw her (who is believed to be her cousin, and was in love with her), got jealous and threw her with a spear to take her down just before reaching Kotn, and so Tamia fell down leaving this giant hole behind her.

And for generations, this place resembles love and jealousy to the local people, and until today, they write and sing poems about Tamia.

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