The Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth — about 1400 feet below sea level. What’s more, it is continuing to drop a meter every century because the Jordan River, which feeds it, is drying up.
All the while this is happening, it continues to be a popular tourist spot, and its minerals have spawned a large cosmetics industry
The governments of Israel, Jordon, and the Palestinian Authority have joined forces to promote the Dead Sea in an Internet competition. They want to see the Dead Sea voted one of the seven natural wonders of the world. They have also agreed to a World Bank feasibility study of a conduit, in hopes of transferring water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea.
You’ll enjoy this video, which highlights the fascinating area, as well as the political and environmental problems associated with saving an amazing part of our planet.
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