Lowering Dead Sea

October 07, 2002

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Provided by: Shannon L. Story, StoryLine Ink

Not a sea at all, but an inland lake, the Dead Sea is the lowest “dry” point in the world: 1,476 feet (476 m) below sea level. Unfortunately, the Dead Sea is shrinking at an alarming rate, around 3 meters a year. Since the early 1960's, the sea has dropped more than 262 feet (about 85 m), mostly due to the demanding need for water from cities, farms and hydroelectric plants.

The photo above was taken when I visited Israel in 1976. This was a very popular restaurant on the shore of the Dead Sea, and in the background, you can see the sea itself (notice the elevation listed on the restaurant wall). But a recent documentary about the Dead Sea showed this very same restaurant .... abandoned and now riddled with bullet holes ... with the water nowhere in sight.

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