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Dead Sea Dying: Levels of salt water are dropping by three feet annually

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
1/6/2015 (4 years ago)
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Decline blamed on large reduction of inflowing water from the Jordan River

The Dead Sea in Israel has attracted tourists from all over the world for thousands of years. Many come to float in its salty waters and enjoy its reported health benefits. The Dead Sea's days may be numbered. Experts now say that the sea's water level is dropping by an average of three feet every year.

Evidence of the water scarcity manifests itself as exposed sinkholes, cracked mud flats, damaged plants and even a derelict water park.

Evidence of the water scarcity manifests itself as exposed sinkholes, cracked mud flats, damaged plants and even a derelict water park.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
1/6/2015 (4 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Dead Sea, sea levels, water depletion, Jordan, Israel


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The drop in levels is thought to have been caused by more water flowing out of the sea than into it from the Jordan River.

The waters, made famous in Biblical stories, have been declining since the first measurements taken in 1927. Monitored by the Israeli Geological Institute of Limnological Research, scientists use a small research buoy floating in the center of the sea to measure its depth.

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The water level of the Red Sea is dropping by an average of one meter per year. It is being carefull

The water level of the Red Sea is dropping by an average of one meter per year. It is being carefully monitored by the Israeli Geological Institute of Limnological Research, which uses a small research buoy (pictured) floating in the center of the sea to measure its depth.


The marker measures the water level near the Dead Sea coastal resort of Ein Gedi, Israel.

Estimates show that the Dead Sea's water level has dropped by more than 131 feet since the 1950s. The Dead Sea is 1,407 feet below sea level, making it the Earth's lowest elevation on land.

The first measurements were taken in 1927 and since then the waters, made famous in Biblical stories

The first measurements were taken in 1927 and since then the waters, made famous in Biblical stories, have declined. This image shoes dead palm trees standing in front of the Dead Sea coastal resort near Ein Gedi.


The sea is 997 feet deep - the deepest hyper-saline lake in the world, and 9.6 times as salty as the ocean. Fish and plants can't survive in the salty water.

The water has attracted health tourists for thousands of years since Herod the Great. Minerals found there have been used as balms for Egyptian mummification and fertilizers.

With its density of 1.24 kilograms, those who wish to swim report the sensation of floating.

The low water level has been blamed on the imbalance between the amount of incoming and outgoing wat

The low water level has been blamed on the imbalance between the amount of incoming and outgoing water. Here, a researcher from the Institute measures the water's depth using a rope, which is covered in salt.


The current low level is credited to the imbalance between the amount of incoming and outgoing water. Experts said there has been a large reduction of water flowing into the sea from the Jordan River.

This may be due to the water saturating the land, or being taken from the river for various reasons.

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The Dead Sea separates Israel and Jordan. Water resources in the region are in demand and affect Israel, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan that border the basin.

Evidence of the water scarcity manifests itself as exposed sinkholes, cracked mud flats, damaged plants and even a derelict water park.

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