Dead Sea is Dying

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Dead Sea is Dying

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Recently in Jordan, there have been talks saying that the Dead Sea will eventually dry up, possibly by 2050. NBC News reported, ” AMMAN, Jordan ­­— At the southern tip of the Dead Sea, Sameer Mahadin recalls when the shoreline was visible from the shaded veranda of his farmhouse. The once 10-minute walk to the water’s edge now takes an hour trekking over cracked, salt-encrusted soil. The Dead Sea is dying rapidly. The biblical body of water lying between Israel and Jordan is retreating by more than three feet a year, creating sinkholes that swallow up buildings and roads, and forcing the rich seaside landscape in which the tourism industry relies to fade into memory. It is the saltiest sea on earth. Some experts believe it will be gone by 2050, while others say it will never fully disappear but survive at a fraction of its current size.”

This entire time it is has caused many problems on both sides of Jordan and Israel. “There are references to the Dead Sea in the Old Testament and the Quran, making it significant to Christians, Jews and Muslims. One of the oldest known manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, were found in the region, and a section of the Jordan River about six miles north of where it flows is also considered the baptism site of Jesus Christ. The sea is not disappearing without vengeance as roughly 6,000 sinkholes have formed. “Even the devil is not here,” said water management and environmental engineer Eshak Alguza, as the parched earth that was once underwater crunches and shatters like breaking tiles beneath his feet.  The heavy price of sinkholes has become apparent both in Jordan and on the sea’s Israeli side. They also reported, “Residents in the community of Ein Gedi have turned into activists, demanding assistance as they watch the land crumble around them. “They feel that their government has abandoned them,” said Clive Lipchin, director of the Trans-boundary Water Management Center at the Arava Institute in Israel. There are a multitude of reasons contributing to the decline of the Dead Sea, ranging from damming to mineral extraction. The region’s combative politics are stirred into all of them. “This is a man-made catastrophe,” said Alguza, who is a project manager with EcoPeace Middle East, a nongovernmental organization that works with Jordanian, Israeli and Palestinian officials.”

The Dead Sea is a big attraction to the Middle East and brings in many tourists and money. Without the Dead Sea we could see a steep economic decrease throughout the Middle East. It also has a biblical presence in which could be catastrophic to many religious groups.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/dead-sea-dying-1-5-billion-plan-aims-resurrect-it-n926066

 

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