Salt storms, sinkholes and major economic losses: Can the deteriorating Dead Sea be saved from the looming eco crisis?

Salt storms, sinkholes and major economic losses: Can the deteriorating Dead Sea be saved from the looming eco crisis?

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Abstract

The Dead Sea continues to shrink with an annual drop of over one meter in its sea level paving a road to a new reality; the environmental consequences of this phenomenon are clear, most notably, the significant numbers of sinkholes that have appeared on the Dead Sea shores. While the sinkholes problem is deteriorating in the Dead Sea, there are several other case studies of similar salt lakes from all around the world, ranging from Aral Lake (between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan), Lake Urmia in Iran and Lake Mono in the United States. These examples can provide invaluable information for the research to save the Dead Sea. These cases have highlighted the devastating environmental impacts of drying seas, causing salt storms and drop in ground water levels, thus endangering human lives.
The case of saving the Dead Sea has not yet been lost. The potential options to mitigate this catastrophe have been studied in the past decades, but so far no solution has been implemented. At the end of the day, it seems that out of several alternatives, a seawater conveyance to the Dead Sea – such as the Mediterranean Dead Sea project – is one of the major feasible options.
 
 
תאריך פרסום: 
יולי, 2015
Pages: 
27-37

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