The Dead Sea is going to be gone forever in a few years. Sea levels are dropping every year with more than 3 feet. Some of the factors that are “killing” the Dead Sea are the minimal water intake, mineral extraction, and evaporation.
The well-known salt sea is located between Jordan, Palestine, and Israel. The problem is that the sea levels are dropping in all of its 3 shores. This sea is actually a lake that is recognized for the high levels salt content. People are visiting this lake in order to profit from the benefits of its salt levels.
“Half of the demise of the Dead Sea is caused by the Jordan River no longer flowing and the diversion of waters that used to run along Jordan to the Dead Sea,” mentioned Gidon Bromberg.
The sea has lost more than 33% of its surface and the water inflow has decreased to 5% of its original volume. These are alarming numbers because in a few years the Dead Sea might actually be dead.
One of the most important factors that affect the sea levels of the Dead Sea is the mineral extraction. CNN reported that more and more companies are using mineral from this lake in order to produce cosmetics and other body-care products. This is affecting the lake because it is losing its minerals.
Another thing that is affecting the lake is the number of visitors. In order to improve the tourism more and more shopping malls, urban facilities, and water parks are being built. All of these are putting the Dead Sea in danger of vanishing.
Now people are making efforts in order to try to save the lake. Jordan and Israel made an agreement in order to make a canal between the Dead Sea and the Rea Sea. If the canal is built both countries could have benefits. The Red Sea will pump water into the salt lake in order to stop the sea levels from dropping.
Some environmentalists believe that there should be better irrigation system in order to save the Dead Sea. They also believe that there should be a more efficient waste management practice.
What is your opinion about the lake dying? Do you think that there is any chance to save it?
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