The Dead Sea Is Drying Out At An Alarming Rate

Posted: Nov 22 2016, 10:35am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

The Dead Sea is Drying out at an Alarming Rate
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  • The Dead Sea is Facing a Desiccation Process
 

The Dead Sea is facing a desiccation process and no one can do anything about it for now.

Something weird is happening to the greatest depths on our planet. The Dead Sea which is 1388 feet below ground level is a salt lake which is bordered by Jordan, Israel and the West Bank.

It is slowly yet ever so imperceptibly downsizing. This is cause for concern. The Dead Sea is shrinking at a rate of 3.3 feet annually. This report comes in from the group EcoPeace Middle East. 

For all this drying out of the body of water it is human activity that is at fault. It is not a problem of any one country. Rather the whole region is responsible for this drying out.

The Dead Sea requires water from the surrounding area. Among these is the Jordan River basin. During the 60s, some of the water was diverted from its path in this locus.

Israel especially built a pipeline which  took some of the water from this body of water. Other causes of the dessication process are mineral extraction companies. The water levels are on the decline. 

The Dead Sea’s minerals have been used in cosmetics and other health products since they have a very great therapeutic value. Furthermore, the Middle East’s sweltering drought-like climate is another factor that counts in this case.

The lake is unable to become replete with water in the nick of time and the result is that the water is getting scarce. The previous year, Israel and Jordan signed a $900 million deal, according to CNN.

The aim of this was to save up on water in the Dead Sea. A canal is to be built from the Red Sea all the way to the Dead Sea. This might have a salubrious effect on the water levels in the latter. 

This $900 million deal is the most important piece of paper that has been signed since the peace accord with Jordan which was signed in 1994. Yet there is a hitch.

The canal will take three years to complete. This may be a case of too little, too late. For now, the Dead Sea remains pretty much a place which is still functional although it is barely getting by as a body of water.

People still travel from far away to this region in order to swim in its waters. Earlier in November, a team of 30 swimmers swam the sea in order to raise awareness regarding its protection from drying out. 

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