Dead Sea Drying Up
The Dead Sea water level is dropping 3.3 feet per year and may be gone in 50 years, reports World Net Daily. Israel and Jordan are working on ways to save the world’s lowest-elevation lake, a landmark of Biblical fame.
California has a dry lake, Owens Lake, that became a huge source of toxic pollution when the water was diverted. Wind now blows toxic dust over large areas of the west. A similar thing could happen with the Dead Sea unless the governments succeed in limiting their diversion of waters from the Jordan River valley. This will be a hard call in a thirsty land. It would be a shame to lose this remarkable body of water. For more on the geology of the Dead Sea area, see 05/03/2004 headline.