Dead Sea dying as the River Jordan dries up
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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/16/2015 (4 years ago)
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The Dead Sea, the famed Biblical body of water tread by prophets and kings, is increasingly endangered by enormous sinkholes. Coupled with the fact that the River Jordan is evaporation the Dead Sea could be literally - dying.
"The main reason the Dead Sea is evaporating is because the River Jordan is nearly dead," Bill Weir with CNN says.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "The main reason the Dead Sea is evaporating is because the River Jordan is nearly dead," Bill Weir with CNN says.
"This is the river where Christians believe John baptized Jesus. Muslims believe the banks of the Jordan hold the remains of friends of Mohammed. Yet a river that is holy to half of humanity has been damned and diverted to a trickle, the weeping willows that once shaded the banks are endangered and wildlife is scarce," he adds.
No one notices, Weir adds, because walking down to the banks of the Jordan means crossing a militarized zone, choked with barbed wire and littered with land mines.
It is all part of a "bit of evidence for those inclined to believe that the next World War will be fought over water."
While the Six Days War began partly over water, Israel's peace treaty with Jordan is held together with an agreement to share water. Even in the worst of the fighting between Israel and Hamas, the pipes into Gaza still flow and back channels between water managers stay open.
A thirsty opponent in the desert is a more desperate enemy. If there is the slightest hope for a path to peace in the Middle East, it will probably have something to do with water.
Weir recounted a fond experience with the body of water in his travels. "I was coming home from war coverage in Iraq, flying through Amman, Jordan when my buddy/producer had an idea.
"'Let's go to Petra,' he said. 'Maybe take a float in the Dead Sea.'
"After a day pretending to be Indiana Jones in the ancient ruins, we reached the lowest beach in the world at sunset and I'll never forget my first dip in the most bizarre swimming hole I've ever seen.
"I still remember wading into warm -- almost hot - -viscous liquid that stings the eyes, lips and (ahem) nether regions while making the body float like a bobber. Amazing."
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