The Dead Sea, a well-known tourist spot wherein travelers could soak in the blue water, has lost a third of its surface area since 1960.
It is said that the sea recedes about a meter (approx 3 feet or a yard) every year, exposing massive gaping sinkholes.
Alison Ron, a resident of Ein Gedi, expressed that it would only be a bonus to have enough water for people to “put their toes in.”
The sinkholes can exceed 10 meters (33 feet) in depth and are a testament to the shrinking sea.
Receding salt water leaves behind underground salt deposits. Runoff from periodic flash floods then percolates into the ground and dissolves the salt patches. Without support, the land above collapses.
NGO EcoPeace director Gidon Bromberg demands that while it is impossible to bring back the Dead Sea to its “former glory,” it is important to stabilize it.
Climate change further accelerates evaporation. In Sodom, Israel, southwest of the Dead Sea, the country’s highest temperature in over 70 years was recorded in July 2019 at 49.9 degrees Celsius, or nearly 122 Fahrenheit. (HMP/The MiNT)