The Dead Sea Is Dying

  •  It is an unparalleled wonder of the world: the lowest exposed spot on Earth, its therapeutic waters are so full of salt that bathers float right to the top. This natural spa is a source of rich minerals used by the ancient Egyptians for mummification, and fabled to be the biblical site of Sodom and Gomorrah.
  • But today the Dead Sea is dying, and its banks are collapsing. The water level is dropping close to 4 feet every year. The main part of the lake is now around 950 feet deep — about 15% shallower, and a third of the surface area, compared to its shape half a century ago.
  • “You’ve seen a living disaster in front of your eyes,” says Jake Ben Zaken, an Israeli who says he operates the only passenger boats on the Dead Sea.
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